mount-kilimanjaro-tanzania_9095_600x450 Earlier in Autumn I wrote a story about the wondrous palms and phalanges of the woman who runs Magic Hands – Tracy Pepper. Keep scrolling and you’ll read of her moving story and hear about the next challenge for this Pepper.

I’m including Tracy’s story here because  you may want to contribute to her cause and/or know others who want to donate also.  Any koha (micro or macro) is appreciated.
Your business may be interested in entering a sponsorship arrangement with Tracy?
You may be an individual who wants to contribute through givealittle?
You may want to tautoko her by voting for her as 1 of 6 finalists in the wild sister of the year award. Or perhaps…

264420_10151588164500042_656647059_nYou’ve been dying to see the film The Great Gatsby.Now you can support ovarian health and eat a chocolate dipped nutted vanilla ice-cream cone in the dark with a friend all on the same Sunday. Come to a special screening for Tracy’s climb at 5pm this Sunday 9 June at Rialto Cinema (Tauranga). Tickets only $20 – all proceeds go towards climbing Mt Kilimanjaro for ovarian cancer. Bookings phone: (07) 575 3719 or (027) 867 6726.

Here’s Tracy’s story which in itself reads like a suspense, feel good movie with it’s adventure chapter about to begin.

My name is Tracy Pepper.  I am 38 years old and I’m going to be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro this September 2013 for Ovarian Cancer.  It is an organized climb through Ovarian Cancer Canada.  I will be the New Zealand representative.  I am not a mountaineer and I am not doing this because I love climbing mountains.  I’m doing it because I believe in the cause.  Kilimanjaro represents the massive mountain that every cancer patient must climb when diagnosed.

When I was 10 years old I was diagnosed with a rare form of advanced stage 3 ovarian cancer.  I was not expected to survive.  My body was donated to science so that they could experiment different drug combinations to help save others who are diagnosed with this deadly disease.

Ovarian cancer is the 4th major killer of women.   It’s known as the silent killer because the symptoms are very difficult to pick up.  There are NO effective pre-screening tests to detect ovarian cancer.  Once ovarian cancer advances to stage 3 and 4, 80% won’t make it past 5 years.   One woman dies every 48 hours from Ovarian cancer.

Education is key to bring awareness worldwide.  Women MUST listen to their bodies and KNOW the symptoms.

I am making a documentary about my life.  What it is like growing up as a young woman who had ovarian cancer, and now how it has affected my life 30 years later.

I immigrated to New Zealand from Canada in 2004 after following my childhood oncologist’s advice to live my life to the fullest.   The long term effects started to show on my organs 20 years later.  So I chose to live in paradise.  I settled in Mount Maunganui and I own a Well-Being Centre called Magic Hands.

I have devoted my life to service and I have been a regular volunteer with CanTeen for 9 years.  I volunteered in Canada with various cancer organizations for 15 years. I believe my life is a gift that must be used to help inspire others.   Everyone deserves hope.

964219_531117223611940_1198370743_oI am asking for help through sponsorship.  I am asking for you to consider investing in me in order to allow me to continue my good work.  In exchange for your support and sponsorship, I will proudly display your logo on my backpack and endorse your company on my blog, my facebook page and display your logo in the credits on the documentary which will be submitted to international film festivals.  I will also happily allow you to use my story in any way it might benefit your company.Kilimanjaro is just the start of a new venture.  I’d like to set up a charitable trust to be able to help those like myself who have been given the gift of life but don’t know where to start using it.

If you’d like to read more about my amazing story please go to

http://tracypepper.blogspot.co.nz/2013/03/my-story.html

And if you’d like to make a personal donation you can do that here:

https://www.givealittle.co.nz/cause/kilimanjaro

Like my facebook and follow me on my journey:  www.facebook.com/tracypepper.expeditionofhope

Thank you for taking the time to read my letter.  I look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Tracy Pepper

Cancer Survivor and Mountain Warrior

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