Hilary Callaghan was diagnosed with, and treated for, triple negative breast cancer and has been participating in Dr. Vahdat’s successful TM trial for nearly three years. Her husband Paul Graham, being inspired by the results of the trial, created his own crowdsourced fundraiser to support Dr. Vahdat’s efforts to procure the funding necessary to complete the third phase of her trial. Paul invited friends and family to join him on a sponsored climb of Slieve Donard and Slieve Commedagh mountains (the 1st and 2nd highest mountains in Northern Ireland, respectively) on February 26th, 2017.
In the spirit of the luck of the Irish, Paul surpassed his fundraising goal of $10,000. He likened the climb to their own cancer journey by saying they were “faced with a mountain to climb, horrific conditions to endure at times, but with the support of family, friends, doctors and the good people of the community, they made it through” and found Dr. Vahdat’s trial. As they began their final descent of the mountain, the rain subsided and Paul likened the rainbow that appeared to Dr. Vahdat’s treatment as a reminder to keep looking forward to brighter, sunnier days.