‘Highest’ tribute to Organ Donors andtheir families at EverestBase Camp
Ms. Pallavi Kumar, Executive Director Delhi-NCR, MOHAN Foundation, undertook a very unique and challenging journey to paythe highest tribute to organ donors and their families.
On May 4, 2018, she summited the Everest Base Camp reaching analtitude of 5380 meters (17600 feet above sea level) and unfurled a lag expressing her respect and thankfulness to the many organ donorsand their families.
The trek involved walking 130 kms over 12 days (walking an average of 10 kms every day, some days up to 18 kms). On the day of the summit, it was snowing and temperatures dipped considerably, dropping to -17 degrees. With numb hands & feet and braving icywinds, Pallavi reached the Everest Base Camp and tied the flag sending out a strong message for the need for organ donation.
“The trek involved dealing with cold, exhaustion and high-altitude acclimatization. On some days, the oxygen levels were so low that every step fatigued you. It was so tough at times that I questioned my sanity, as to why did I ever decide to do it. But what kept me going was my strong need to reach the top and the inspiration I took from families who have made this tough choice in their hour of grief and loss,” saidPallavi.
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