I met Ann Maechtlen serendipitously this winter while sipping hot chocolate with my family at the lodge atop Lolo Pass. I’m a pretty unobservant guy, but some things even I don’t miss. Ann’s energy resonated. Her passion for life vibrated. It was then that I learned of her mission, her cause, and her need. In addition to providing Ann with physical therapy help and preparation for her upcoming climb, we at Alpine Physical Therapy have invited Ann to introduce herself, along with her goal and her plea. Please read on. . .
My name is Ann Maechtlen. I grew up on a 450 acre ranch in Southern California where we grew avocados and raised and boarded horses. At the age of 22 I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Like many lymphoma survivors, my radiation treatments increased my risk for breast cancer; I was diagnosed with the disease in 2006 and completed my treatments in 2007.
With a growing awareness of the toxins and manmade hazards in our environment, I have gained a greater respect for our relationships with each other and the planet. In June I will be climbing Mt. Shasta in Northern California with 35 other survivors and their supporters to raise money for the Breast Cancer Fund, whose mission is to prevent breast cancer by eliminating the environmental and other preventable causes of the disease.
Please help me reach my goal of raising $10,000 to prevent breast cancer! You can make a donation online at: www.breastcancerfund.org/climb08/amaechtlen. Or if you prefer, please send a check made out to the Breast Cancer Fund to:
5656 Klements Ln.
Florence MT 59833