MS survivor and mountaineer Wendy Booker has climbed a few mountains…and has moved a few in the process.
She will share her inspiring story at the annual event “Moving Mountains” on October 29 at 6 p.m. about how she used mountain climbing as a way of coping with a life-altering diagnosis of MS. Lt. Governor Barbara O’Brien will host the event taking place at the Denver Newspaper Agency. Moving Mountains benefits The Women’s Wilderness Institute, a Boulder-based non-profit offering wilderness experiences for women and girls.
When first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1998, Booker was devastated. It took very little time for her to transform anguish into inspiration. She immediately turned her hobby of casual running into a continuous pursuit and has now completed nine marathons. Although her doctors discouraged the idea, concerned that it would worsen her symptoms, she decided to continue running for her sanity. Staying active was her way of coping and accepting her condition.
Moving Mountains is The Women’s Wilderness Institute’s annual fall fundraiser. Nationally recognized speakers address the community on a topic relevant to the Institute’s mission. Each talented speaker highlights the impact that strong girls and women have in leading strong, vibrant communities and making the world a better place. Moving Mountains is a critical source of funding to help ensure that The Women’s Wilderness Institute’s programs are affordable and accessible to preteens and teens from low-income families. Tickets for Moving Mountains are $100 and are available at womenswilderness.org or by calling 303-938-9191.
Know an inspiring woman in business?! Entries are now open for the First Annual Leading Lady Awards ceremony and luncheon. This event celebrates Colorado women entrepreneurs and their contribution to the local economy and will be presented Nov. 5 by Ladies Who Launch Colorado.
TaRhonda Thomas, 9News anchor, will emcee the ceremony, designed to recognize Colorado women business owners of all ages, backgrounds, industries and stages of launch. Through this event, Ladies Who Launch and its partners will bring together the growing community of Colorado women entrepreneurs and to provide these outstanding women with the tools, training and products they need to succeed.
Applications are being accepted through Oct. 16 and can be submitted at www.LeadingLadyAwards.com.