Romania native Dana Rosencranz said she was born to climb mountains, and she’s putting that skill to use for a friend.
“I can’t tell you how pumped I am to do this,” she said.
A doctor working with the Paris branch of Texas Oncology, Rosencranz will be climbing Mount Washington in June for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. A friend of hers, Cindy Martin, has been dealing with
“She’s the daughter of one of our support group members,” Rosencranz said, calling Martin’s treatment course an “intense journey. “Just to go through that is crazy.”
Rosencranz said she got the idea to climb a mountain while attending a conference in Dallas. One of the speakers, American trumpet soloist Ryan Anthony, told attendees at the 2016 Survive and Thrive conference of his trip up Mount Fuji for the foundation. Anthony, who also was treated for multiple myeloma, said he took his trumpet with him for the climb.
“When he reached the top of the mountain, he had a beautiful concert on top of Mount Fuji,” Rosencranz said.
The story inspired her so much, she said, she “immediately enrolled” herself. She said Romania is mostly mountains, and this is something she grew up doing.
“There is nothing better than standing at the bottom, looking up to the top of the mountain and wondering, ‘could I get up there,’” she said, and reaching the top “is an absolutely amazing feeling.”
“I feel cancer patients are kind of going through the same thing. The journey to the top is super, super difficult. Some of them will make it to the top. It gives such a powerful significance to me,” she said.
Rosencranz’s passion and enthusiasm for the climb has even caught on with her coworkers. Dr. Nayaar Sayed out of the Mt. Pleasant oncology office also signed up for the Mt. Washington climb, and his feelings about the event promises to outstrip hers.
“Dr. Sayed is really going crazy,” Rosencranz said, laughing, adding Sayed wants to climb even more mountains.
Rosencranz said she has a donation page on the foundation’s website, where donors may post messages for the climber. As of press time, she had raised $2,375 of a $3,000 goal. To visit her webpage, go to https://tinyurl.com/y2mxtzwa. The climb is a joint venture between MMRF, CURE Media Group and Celgene.