Throughout the years, Kristen has been involved with a variety of non-profit organizations, starting one when she was just 23 years old. But seeing the great poverty among those who were disabled in the U.S. and in third-world countries was so distressing that she felt compelled to do something about it.
Her vision was realized in March 2009, when she was asked to be one of the guides on mountaineer Kevin Cherilla’s climb to lead eight blind individuals up Mt. Kilimanjaro. The group made the summit and broke four world records, but the trip was historic for another reason, as well—she and Kevin made the decision to co-found K2 Adventures Foundation.
For Kristen, the experience has proven to be life changing. “I’ve fallen in love with a little boy in Africa named Said,” she says. “When I met him in 2009, I was told he only had a few years to live if his medical circumstances didn’t change. Because of the medical care K2 has provided to his orphanage, he’s still alive and his condition is monitored regularly. Without our help, he wouldn’t be here today.”
Today, Kristen organizes all the K2 applications and awards that are received and donated, and oversees the Foundation’s annual fund-raising events. She also manages all board meetings and board member committees. Together, Kristen and Kevin run K2 Adventure Travel, which organizes trips to Africa, Peru, Argentina and Nepal.
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