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Profiles in Resilience: Kimi Schroder

July 16, 2018
By:  Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   The young girl faced an audience of hardened men, all with many deployments to war torn regions around the world.  She was the keynote speaker.  They watched her intently.  She was up to the challenge.  “Hi.  My name is Kimi and I have been fighting cancer for over seven years.  In all this time, I NEVER let cancer limit me nor do I EVER let cancer define who I am.  I am bigger and stronger than cancer and I plan on beating this and going on to accomplish great things.” It was the…
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Resources in Resilience: Adam Brown – Resilient Warrior

June 25, 2018
By:  Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   When we arrived at Norfolk airport on February 5, 2008 – the day after we learned our son Nate was killed in action – a tall, handsome, dark-haired guy introduced himself at the baggage claim area.  It was Adam Brown.  He told us he was on Nate’s SEAL team.  He had trained with Nate, was rehabbing an injury – and thus not in Iraq – and would be helping us navigate the details of Nate’s death and burial.  He was so genuine, so easygoing, and so friendly that we all felt a sense…
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Reinforcing Old and New Relationships at Climb for Courage, Boston 2018

June 20, 2018
Earlier this June, One Summit held its tenth Climb for Courage program in the place where it all started: Boston. In 2013, shortly after Adam La Reau founded One Summit, ten little warriors from The Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana-Farber participated in the first ever Climb for Courage. While One Summit has grown since then – to impacting over 230 patients and siblings and 120 Navy SEAL mentors through its Climb for Courage programs in Boston, San Diego and New York City – its commitment to the entire community of warriors and families has never been stronger. This year’s Boston program reinforced this point by uniting 27 little warriors from Tufts Floating…
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Profiles in Resilience: Founder, Adam La Reau – The Journey to One Summit

May 18, 2018
By:  Steve Hardy Steve serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   Adam La Reau has never let an obstacle stop his forward progress.  His strength lies in his heart and his will.  After graduating from high school, he entered the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy with a plan to go straight to the water — at the Navy SEAL’s Basic Underwater Demolition/SEAL training in Coronado, California.  No one from the Academy had ever done that. Until Adam La Reau. You don’t make it as a SEAL if you can’t focus on meeting the challenge right in front of you, break it down into achievable steps,…
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Proving Resilience Inspires Resilience, Mile After Mile

April 26, 2018
Resilience within one can inspire resilience within another. This has always been the cornerstone of One Summit’s mission and programs, whether it be Climb for Courage or any of the organization’s many year-round community events or initiatives.  Yet, perhaps more than any other year, this year’s Boston Marathon reminded us of the incredible power of resilience and how one’s commitment to “Never Give Up” in the face of adversity can inspire others to adopt the same mindset in overcoming their own challenges. But who inspired resilience in who at this year’s Boston Marathon?  The answer to this question isn’t as simple as it may initially appear. As each of One Summit’s six…
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Meet One Summit’s 2018 Boston Marathon Team

April 5, 2018
On April 16, 2018, six courageous runners will be competing in the 2018 Boston Marathon through the John Hancock Nonprofit Marathon Program to raise awareness and funds for One Summit’s mission and programs. We are incredibly grateful for their time, effort and determination and are excited to share their motivations and inspirations with One Summit's community. Stephen Meidus Ever since I was introduced to One Summit’s mission of empowering childhood cancer patients to achieve growth through conquering adversity, I could not help but be drawn into their fight. I wanted to serve them in whatever way possible. The Boston Marathon presented me with the opportunity to use my abilities in order to raise as much…
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Inspiring Stories from Climb for Courage, San Diego 2018

March 29, 2018
Thirty kids and twenty-five Navy SEALs descended on Vertical Hold Rock Climbing Gym earlier this month for Climb for Courage, San Diego. Although they varied in age and life experience, they all shared one commonality. The refusal to give up. Ever.  For the kids, their battle comes in the form of pediatric cancer. Whether a patient or sibling, they’ve been forced to face adversity at a young age. And for their Navy SEAL mentors, facing adversity is part of the job. For precisely this reason, One Summit united these like-minded warriors at Climb for Courage, San Diego. Throughout the day, all participants were encouraged to set goals, work as a team and overcome challenges,…
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Profiles in Resilience: The Story of Nate and Josh Hardy

March 7, 2018
By:  Steve Hardy Steve Hardy serves on One Summit's Board of Directors.  He and his wife Donna live in Durham, NH.   January 6, 2018 marked twenty-five years since our oldest son Josh died of brain cancer.  Donna and I drove to Ogunquit, Maine and walked the Marginal Way, one of his favorite places.  Less than a month later we were at Arlington National Cemetery where we visited his brother Nate’s grave and observed the 10th anniversary of his death in action during a Navy SEAL raid on a suicide bomb cell in Iraq.  The pain of these losses never leaves and at any moment it can crash over us like the big waves…
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Jimmy’s Impactful Experience

June 9, 2017
I’d like to express to you and the rest of the  “One Summit” crew how grateful I am for the opportunity to share in the “events” associated with your organization.  I do mean events.  When I was invited to participate in the climbing event, sponsored by One Summit, and I was matched up with Connor Heffler, I was not really prepared for what an impact that would have on my life.  Connor attended the climbing event with his twin “Evan” and his cousin “DJ.”  As a retired, and combat wounded Navy SEAL, I thought I had experienced quite a bit of adversity.  When I met Connor and learned of his trials with cancer, I was immediately…
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Against All Odds: The Story of an Unbreakable Bond Between a Pediatric Cancer Patient and his Navy SEAL Mentor

November 17, 2016
What do childhood cancer patients and Navy SEALs have in common? Resilience? Grit? Tenacity? A sum of all these traits unifies our like-minded warriors in a special and transformational companionship. Although the battlefields for these big and little warriors may differ, the heroism and perseverance remain the same. Pediatric cancer is a uniquely devastating war because the battlefield is over the body of a child. It is undoubtedly an unfair fight. However, in bringing these two warriors together we are able to even the odds in the fight against childhood cancer and provide impactful relationships that our heroes can lean on for strength and support. One of our bravest little warriors, Connor,…
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Brian Pierce: Competing in the Boston Marathon, Former Navy Seal Overcomes Adversity and Inspires Childhood Cancer Patients to “Never Give Up”

November 16, 2016
This week we are highlighting one of our beloved Navy SEAL mentors, Brian Pierce. Brian began mentoring with One Summit in November of 2014 at our second Climb For Courage event after he learned about One Summit through a fellow SEAL. Brian knew he could help our little warriors battling cancer by sharing his own experiences and sending them the message that physical limitations are not permanent obstacles. He said, “I hope the kids realize to never give up. Just because something bad happened to you doesn’t mean you look down on yourself, you keep moving forward and don’t give up. Yes, you have limitations, but you learn to adjust to those…
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Climb for Courage

November 14, 2016
Waiting in the lobby, twenty-one children and their parents listen to Adam La Reau, Founder of One Summit, welcome them to the Climb for Courage at Central Rock Gym in Watertown.  The Climb for Courage event marks the beginning of One Summit’s mentorship program; at this event, children fighting cancer are paired with their U.S. Navy SEAL mentor for a day of indoor rock-climbing.   As the children climb the stairs, thunderous clapping erupts.  The children start their walk through a tunnel of Navy SEALs, getting high-fives, looking nervous yet excited for their adventure.  Gazing up at the tall rock-walls that surround them, the children wait as Adam pairs them up one…
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Children with Cancer find like-minded companionship is U.S. Navy SEALs

November 13, 2016
Think back to when you were a teenager.  You have your whole life ahead of you.  Along your clear, wide trail through the forest of life you encounter a mountain - you can’t go around this mountain; you are standing at the bottom looking straight up at the peak.  You’ve never climbed a mountain before, unsure of where to start, routes to take, or necessary skills to get to the summit. Now imagine that mountain is cancer. It’s a crippling disease that challenges even the most experienced climbers and evokes feelings of fear, uncertainty and vulnerability.  In the U.S., almost 13,000 children under the age of 21 are diagnosed with cancer every…
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