Giving back the Hope

Photo by Kristan Apodaca

Morgan McQuillan (3rd left) with family and friends.

The McQuillan family and friends Climb to Conquer Cancer fundraiser breakfast added another successful year to the four years that the McQuillan’s have hosted the breakfast. However there was a new campaign that was being presented to the public that came out on Saturday, July 26.

Morgan McQuillan, an eight year cancer survivor and seven years as of the head of committee in the Climb to Conquer Cancer, has started a new campaign called #kickcancerstoushie.

This new campaign is a way to give back.

“I really wanted to give back. Everyone in my community, my fellow classmates when I was in school, my friends, my families, people in surrounding communities, and people I don’t even know. They just have been so supportive whether its giving use a donation or prayers or cooking meals for us or just talking with me, they just help me so much and I want to give back. Plus I love helping people.”

The #kickcancerstoushie campaign is “every month, I’ll designate a person or something related to cancer for money to go toward. This month, July, all the money we raise with the campaign will go towards the Climb. Next month it will be for something or someone else.”

This weekend’s breakfast raised $1,199 with the support of everyone that came out to the breakfast. The new #kickcancerstoushie campaign is very close to McQuillan as she is a fighter of cancer.

Still fighting her fifth battle she has hope to keep her motivated.

“It’s hope in general. It’s hope that things are going to be ok, I think you have to have hope in order to be able to get up every day. So I find hope whether it’s hope for a better day, hope something good to happen, hope to make something bad positive and then my family and friends are just my big motivator’s. When I have bad days they are there and I can rely on them. But I would say over all hope because you can have the worst attitude in the world but have the best prognosis. It’s not going to matter; you could have the worst prognosis and have all the hope in the world that can make all the difference. It’s just your attitude.”

The 8th annual Climb to Conquer Cancer is this Saturday at the Red Lodgestarting at 8:30 a.m.