Nirali Shah has never been one to back down from a challenge, and taking on Mount Kilimanjaro, the world’s tallest mountain, is no exception. In honor of her mom, Sonal Shah, who lost her battle to ALS in 2015 Nirali put together an international team to climb to the summit to raise awareness and funds for ALS.
“My mom lived an extraordinary life, she served as a vital ALS advocate by writing a book about her life and experience with ALS called “My Life, Legacy, and ALS”. She also travelled to Washington DC many times to join ALSA in pushing for federal legislation and funding for research, and now it is my turn to fight and do what I can to bring attention to this devastating disease,” Nirali said.
The goal is to raise $19,341 the exact height of Mount Kilimanjaro in feet. Nirali says the climb will last 7 days and she plans to reach the summit on June 25th. This is no easy task given Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest free standing mountain in the world.
“I’ve been doing a lot of training, but I think a big component of this will be about staying strong mentally throughout the climb,” Nirali said.
Nirali knows her mom will be there in spirit giving her that extra push to make the climb.
“My mom would have loved this. Growing up my parents and I travelled quite a bit and one of the things we always did was go to the national parks and hike there. She always said she wanted to go to Tanzania, but she didn’t make it. So this climb is for her and for all of the people whose lives are cut short by an ALS diagnosis,” Shah said.
You can support Nirali’s Kilimanjaro climb by donating at https://www.crowdrise.com/niralishah5, all proceeds will go to the ALS Association Greater New York Chapter.