Corrine McKay is fighting against cystic fibrosis, and she was part of a group that had raised $400K in this battle. The woman succeeded to arrive at the peaks of the Andes and to see the beauty of Machu Picchu. McKay was overwhelmed and in tears when she saw herself surrounded by a view that seems impossible. The fear of heights wasn’t the only issue to face for this woman. The big problem is coming from the cystic fibrosis, which is making the lungs weakened and the high altitude isn’t the best thing to do in that case.
Fortunately, McKay conquered the climb, and she says that she realized up there that when no more uphill is in the view, her heart breaks and opens at the same time. The 57 years old woman cried when she got up there on the top. McKay medical history includes diabetes, kidney and digestive problems, and the lung problems from the cystic fibrosis. The cystic fibrosis went undiagnosed until three years ago; even she was born with it.
However, after discovering the disease, she connected with the right therapies and began to breathe easier. She knows that this disease will catch up with her, but she felt powerful enough to do the trek to Machu Picchu. As we mentioned above, the biggest challenge was with the altitude. They started the trek from 3.000 meters above sea level and rose to 4.300 meters. The participant from the group shared and used the oxygen tank and mask available for them, but McKay couldn’t do that because she could risk of getting sick.
To sum up, McKay was the only person with cystic fibrosis that made this trek. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that are suffering from this disease, and some of them had died because of CF. The group raised $400.000 for the Walk to Make Cystic Fibrosis History and 40.200 people from Canada will benefit and will be kept alive.
Brad is a former Senior Fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University, is an award-winning travel, culture, and parenting writer. His writing has appeared in many of the Canada’s most respected and credible publications, including the Toronto Star, CBC News and on the cover of Smithsonian Magazine. A meticulous researcher who’s not afraid to be controversial, he is nationally known as a journalist who opens people’s eyes to the realities behind accepted practices in the care of children. Brad is a contributing journalist to Advocator.ca