Local cancer survivor gears up to climb Mount Shasta 

San Francisco resident and breast cancer survivor Hendy Dayton will be one of 26 people who had the disease to climb the 14,000-foot Mount Shasta to honor the courage it takes to face cancer. The climb, organized by the Breast Cancer Fund, will take place June 16.

When were you diagnosed with cancer?
  I was diagnosed seven years ago, and I had three young children. Unfortunately, the cancer had spread into one of my lymph nodes, so I did have to have chemotherapy and radiation treatment.

How did you get involved with the Breast Cancer Fund’s climbs?
I’d been given a book when I was undergoing treatment that described the three climbs the Breast Cancer Fund had done at that time, and for me it was incredibly inspiring that these women had climbed major peaks all around the world.

What attracted you to do one yourself? I love the outdoors. I’ve done the Dipsea [Race in Marin] and the High Boot across the Sierras, so climbing seemed like a good way to get my life back. So I joined them five years ago to climb Mount Rainier.

What was it like? I was one of three to make it to the summit, and for me it was an incredibly life-affirming experience to be surrounded by so many energetic and committed people.

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