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(Excerpt from Geronimo Stilton #41: Mighty Mount Kilimanjaro)

Rat-munching rattlesnakes! I can't believe it. I, Geronimo Stilton, just let my super-sporty friend Bruce Hyena convince me to go on another one of his extreme adventures. You know me--I just can't say no to a friend! This time, we're going to be climbing to the top of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa. Moldy mozzarella! I'm in no shape for a mountain climb. How will I ever make it to the top?
My name is Gavin J. Monsour and much like my literary friend and fellow adventurer, Geronimo Stilton, I too am planning on climbing to the top of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro. When I first read Mighty Mount Kilimanjaro (when I was 6… actually, dad read it to me), I told my mom and dad that I wanted to accomplish this feat. The original plan was to do this when I got a bit older, but with some persistence I convinced my parents, and the Tanzanian authorities to let me climb when I am ten.

The training has already begun, but the actual climb date will be in June 2015. The climb has become a pretty big deal according to my parents. Turns out I will be the youngest Canadian to summit Kilimanjaro. So to up the ante a bit I decided that I would like to raise money for Camp Oochigeas, a camp for kids with cancer. So make sure that you hit the Donate Now button here and help me beat my goal of $50,000.

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About Camp Oochigeas

Founded in 1983, Camp Oochigeas (Ooch) has been providing magical camp experiences for children with and affected by childhood cancer. Camp Ooch is much more than a summer camp. Ooch is the only overnight camp in Ontario to offer onsite IV chemotherapy treatment and blood transfusions. Camp Ooch also offers year-round programs for children with and affected by childhood cancer in Muskoka, at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), various other paediatric hospitals, regional healthcare centres, and Ooch Downtown in the heart of Toronto. Through these programs, Camp Oochigeas provides fun and meaningful experiences to approximately 1,200 children with and affected by childhood cancer each year, at no cost to their families. This is all made possible by the generous support of donors and volunteers.

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7/16/2015Thank you to everyone who has supported young Gavin and his family in this climb. We are honoured that in pursuing this challenge he chose to raise funds to send kids with cancer to Camp Oochigeas. Many event organizers set ambitious fundraising goals and though some do not succeed, every dollar raised and donated makes a meaningful difference in the lives of children living with and affected by childhood cancer. On behalf of every child and family we serve, thank you to the individuals, corporations and foundations who invest in Camp Oochigeas.Camp Oochigeas
7/15/2015We just wanted to take this time now that we are home to say thank you to everyone that have supported Gavin both with their positive thoughts, prayers and all the wonderful donations to Camp Oochigeas. Gavin set out on this journey two years ago with some ambitious goals. One, to attempt to be the youngest Canadian to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro and two to raise funds for some very deserving kids to attend Camp Oochigeas. Gavin's journey has been a success. Gavin did not make it to the top of Mt Kilimanjaro, he was turned back just short of base camp! We are all so proud of his journey, however the mountain and his body had a different plan for him this time. Gavin passed the Camp Oochigeas Flag to his dad who brought it to the top on his behalf! While Mom escorted Gavin to safety! Thanks again to everyone and please continue your support of Camp Oochigeas!The Monsour Family
7/13/2015Stop wasting your time posting people. The answer is in the silence. They did not make it. If they did you would of heard about it. They chased the media before and got funding for the family trip so I am sure they would have contacted the media for the attention afterwards. I slightly followed the story because I was wondering how it would unfold as a climber myself. But thanks Patrick for your post and getting that response I too know how to get someone to pay for my climb just don't have a kid to use right now.John
7/12/2015to say that I am disappointed is quite frankly the understatement of the century…I was initially moved by your story and donated to the wonderful cause. But you have provided no update of your summit of the mountain or even a personal thank you for the generous donations of all the contributors…I guess you got what YOU wanted…shame on you and your familyAnonymous
7/10/2015Did he make it? Trip of a lifetime I am sure. See sister posted. I am sure that was not easy to stay home while mom dad and brother went to Africa on a trip of a lifetime. I think u are the brave one.Kora
7/10/2015u didn't achieve your financial goal. did you at least climb the mountain?Patrick
7/8/2015Gavin, we are so proud of your determination and all of your accomplishments!! We look forward to hearing all of your stories and seeing pictures. Enjoy every minute of your trip.Mrs. Craig
7/7/2015Gavin you are an inspiration. I can't wait to hear all about your climb.Mrs. Sylvestre
7/7/2015I am very proud of my big brother Gavin. He is so brave and strong. Miss you all and anxious to see you soon. Love your little sister RileyRiley
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