Your Rope Team - Climb for Fanconi Anemia
Mt. Rainier
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Sean’s Story
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They Made It!!!

On the morning of Thursday July 21st, Your Rope Team successfully reached the summit of Mt. Rainier! Congratulations to Bill, Bill III and Drew!

How It All Began

In the pre-dawn hours of August 16, 2007, Bill McCorey fell into a crevasse at 12,500 feet while attempting to summit Mount Rainier. He dangled by rope for twenty-five minutes in complete darkness while his Rope Team, who had been complete strangers just two days before, worked desperately to rescue him. If it wasn't for their strength and courage he would not have survived. As Bill hung suspended in the air wondering if he would see another day, he thought of family, friends and special moments. Since his rescue, Bill has learned to treasure his second chance at life and has realized that having the right team around you makes all the difference in the world. In some cases, it can mean the difference between life and death.

Inspired by how his rope team saved his life, Bill decided to form “Your Rope Team” to help save the lives of others whose lives are at risk. The new rope team returned to Mount Rainier a year later and successfully made it the top.  This time, however, Bill decided to devote his effort to a special boy named Sean McQueen, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder call Fanconi Anemia (FA). Kevin’s father, Kevin McQueen, as well as Todd Stormes And Rob Cournoyer joined the rope team and the team set off to summit the mountain and raise much needed funds to find a cure for this this deadly disease.

FA impairs the normal DNA repair function in all the cells in the body. For some reason, FA bone marrow cells are especially sensitive which usually leads to bone marrow failure (bone marrow produces all of the body's blood cells) or leukemia. Most FA children require a bone marrow transplant before their teenage years. In addition, children with FA are at a significantly higher risk for other cancers and suffer from numerous birth defects and developmental challenges. At present there is no long-term cure for FA and most children afflicted with FA will not reach adulthood.

Mount Rainier is 14,410 feet high. Bill set the audacious goal of raising ten dollars for every foot of elevation, or $144,100 to support research to finding a cure for FA. Thanks to the amazing generosity of the rope team sponsors, the team has raised over $150,000 and is still climbing!