Justin Condon

Gerry Condon Memorial Expedition Mt. Everest, March 28th 2017 www.justincondon.blog
  • My Goal:
  • $25,000
  • Raised So Far:
  • $25,450
  • # of Donations:
  • 344
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History
On the night of Thursday November 26th 2015 - Thanksgiving - the day before his 75th birthday, Dad passed away due to complications arising from kidney failure earlier in the year. Since 2008, when Mum suffered a debilitating brain hemorrhage, he had spent his time as a full-time carer. What is now tragically apparent, is that while caring for her, he had neglected to care for himself - and a combination of under-performing kidneys along with an incorrect diet caused complete renal failure and ultimately, his untimely death.

Awareness
As with most cases like this, our family was completely unaware of kidney disease, its prevalence, its causes, how to prevent it or indeed, how to live with it. It is staggering to think that an estimated 1 in 10 people - both in Ireland and the U.S. - may have chronic kidney disease, and many may not know it. What we learned was a case of too little, too late - despite Dad reacting positively to dialysis 3x / week and sticking to a renal diet, after a brief period of stability, his condition declined and he lost his fight less than 6 months later.

Dad, Me & Mountains
In recent years, Dad had followed my progress in climbing the seven summits (tallest mountain on each continent) with great interest, and lived vicariously through my expeditions while he cared for Mum. We shared a tear-filled long-distance phone call last June - him in Dublin, me in Alaska - where he assured me that I should not return home, but continue on my climb of Denali - that he would still be alive when I got back down. True to his word, he was. Sadly, he will not get to see me continue and hopefully complete all seven.

Honoring Dad - Mt. Everest Expedition
On March 28th 2017, I embark on a 2-month expedition with International Mountain Guides to climb to the summit of Mt. Everest, at 8,848m / 29,029ft, the tallest mountain on earth. More than anything, I wish Dad was still alive to see me attempt this, but that not being possible, I intend to honor his memory by raising money for a very worthy and relevant charity - the American Kidney Fund. Please join me in the fight against kidney disease by making a donation today.

Your Donation
Last year the American Kidney Fund provided financial support to more than 20% of dialysis patients in the United States and was awarded Charity Navigator's "highest, 4-star" evaluation for the 14th consecutive year. They spend 97 cents of every dollar raised on patients and programs so you can rest assured your donation will go directly to helping where it is needed.

Thank you for joining me in this fight. Click DONATE above.

Follow The Adventure @ www.justincondon.blog

"Invictus" (Unconquerable) - William Ernest Henley, 1892
I have a favorite poem that I recite on each climb as a mantra to help me through the tougher stretches. It is a poem of defiance and perseverance in the face of adversity, written by the author during a period of his own prolonged illness. It was a favorite of Nelson Mandela – which he routinely recited during his imprisonment, and was recounted as part of his eulogy. For many reasons, it reminds me of the dignity and strength Dad embodied in his final days - and I, in turn, borrowed it to eulogize him. I’d like to leave you with these words to remember him by – as I do every time I recite it - and will again many times no doubt on Mt. Everest. 

Out of the night that covers me
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be 
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade.
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishment the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

 

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Justin Condon is fundraising for KIDNEYNATION: Create benefiting American Kidney Fund.

History
On the night of Thursday November 26th 2015 - Thanksgiving - the day before his 75th birthday, Dad passed away due to complications arising from kidney failure earlier in the year. Since 2008, when Mum suffered a debilitating brain hemorrhage, he had spent his time as a full-time carer. What is now tragically apparent, is that while caring for her, he had neglected to care for himself - and a combination of under-performing kidneys along with an incorrect diet caused complete renal failure and ultimately, his untimely death.

Awareness
As with most cases like this, our family was completely unaware of kidney disease, its prevalence, its causes, how to prevent it or indeed, how to live with it. It is staggering to think that an estimated 1 in 10 people - both in Ireland and the U.S. - may have chronic kidney disease, and many may not know it. What we learned was a case of too little, too late - despite Dad reacting positively to dialysis 3x / week and sticking to a renal diet, after a brief period of stability, his condition declined and he lost his fight less than 6 months later.

Dad, Me & Mountains
In recent years, Dad had followed my progress in climbing the seven summits (tallest mountain on each continent) with great interest, and lived vicariously through my expeditions while he cared for Mum. We shared a tear-filled long-distance phone call last June - him in Dublin, me in Alaska - where he assured me that I should not return home, but continue on my climb of Denali - that he would still be alive when I got back down. True to his word, he was. Sadly, he will not get to see me continue and hopefully complete all seven.

Honoring Dad - Mt. Everest Expedition
On March 28th 2017, I embark on a 2-month expedition with International Mountain Guides to climb to the summit of Mt. Everest, at 8,848m / 29,029ft, the tallest mountain on earth. More than anything, I wish Dad was still alive to see me attempt this, but that not being possible, I intend to honor his memory by raising money for a very worthy and relevant charity - the American Kidney Fund. Please join me in the fight against kidney disease by making a donation today.

Your Donation
Last year the American Kidney Fund provided financial support to more than 20% of dialysis patients in the United States and was awarded Charity Navigator's "highest, 4-star" evaluation for the 14th consecutive year. They spend 97 cents of every dollar raised on patients and programs so you can rest assured your donation will go directly to helping where it is needed.

Thank you for joining me in this fight. Click DONATE above.

Follow The Adventure @ www.justincondon.blog

"Invictus" (Unconquerable) - William Ernest Henley, 1892
I have a favorite poem that I recite on each climb as a mantra to help me through the tougher stretches. It is a poem of defiance and perseverance in the face of adversity, written by the author during a period of his own prolonged illness. It was a favorite of Nelson Mandela – which he routinely recited during his imprisonment, and was recounted as part of his eulogy. For many reasons, it reminds me of the dignity and strength Dad embodied in his final days - and I, in turn, borrowed it to eulogize him. I’d like to leave you with these words to remember him by – as I do every time I recite it - and will again many times no doubt on Mt. Everest. 

Out of the night that covers me
Black as the pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be 
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade.
And yet the menace of the years
Finds and shall find me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishment the scroll,
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

 

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