BIG JOURNEY: Cancer Survivors Leave For Trip

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A courageous group of cancer survivors left on a journey that will end with them climbing a 20,000 foot peak in Nepal.

“We’re going to learn about the culture, we’ll learn about the religions, ultimately we’ll learn more about ourselves, because really it’s only by reaching above and beyond what you think you can do that you have any idea what you’re potential is,” says Dr. Richard Deming from the Mercy Cancer Center.    

The group, including 19 cancer survivors, left out of the Des Moines Airport this morning.

The team ranging in age from 22 to 74 will spend three weeks traveling up Mount Kailash, exploring the culture and different religions that are practiced in the area.

For Judith Allen, who was diagnosed with breast cancer last summer, the trip was a way to reflect on her journey through cancer and connect with others who have gone through the same thing.

“This seemed like an extraordinary way to have time to be with other people as a team to work together to experience that inter-connection that we all have,” says Allen.

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