Maggie Holmes is a 50-year-old woman from Meaford Ontario. Over 5 years ago her son Ryan committed suicide after a long struggle with mental illness. She wanted to do something constructive with her grief. On March 26th Maggie and her friend Mary Tatham will climb to the Base Camp of Mount Everest in honor of Ryan. Holmes has been training for a year and she is the most physically fit woman I know.
She’s doing this to raise money for the Canadian Mental Health Association, but she’s also raising awareness about youth mental health and the lack of services available.
Last evening Maggie, her family, friends and the community cheered as she announced that not only had she reached her fundraising limit of $29,035 but she had surpassed it! In addition, Holmes has been successful at accomplishing her other goals before taking one step on her journey.
At every event that she attends or hosts, with every article written, with every radio ad about her trip people are learning about youth mental health issues. And they ARE talking about it. In doing so, Ryan and all the other young people who have struggled with mental illness and still do are not forgotten. With every step Maggie takes on her upcoming journey she will remember Ryan and we will be thinking about her back home.
If you would like to read more about the Climbing to Conquer project or about Maggie and Ryan Holmes please go to climbingtoconquer.com
Safe travels Maggie and Mary. Peace.