First Australian with Cystic Fibrosis to climb Mount Kilimanjaro

By Meg Draffin

Meg Draffin & partner, Nathan Roye, to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for the CF Clinic at the Children's Hospital at Westmead

Meg Draffin may seem like your average 24 year old. She has a full time job working in digital marketing, is in a long term relationship and has a great network of family and friends. However when she was just 6 weeks old, Meg was diagnosed with the incurable genetic condition, Cystic Fibrosis (CF). This year, Meg has set herself the goal to be the first Australian with CF to climb Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa’s highest mountain. Whilst the physically demanding trek and high altitude levels would challenge a fit person, the difficulty of the climb increases significantly for those with CF because of chronic respiratory problems. Meg is climbing to raise much needed funds for the CF Clinic at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead.

Cystic Fibrosis primarily affects the lungs and digestive system. In the lungs, chronic respiratory infections can rapidly reduce lung function. A routine of daily physiotherapy and exercise to clear lung congestion is an essential and exhausting life-long commitment. In the digestive system the inability of the pancreas to make enzymes to break down food to a useable form requires oral enzyme supplementation (in the form of 3 or more capsules) every single time a person eats. There is currently no cure and Cystic Fibrosis remains the most common lethal genetic condition in Australia affecting 1 in every 2,500 new births.

The CF clinic at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead delivers world class care to over 200 children with CF every day. To do so a number of the staff, equipment needs and research support comes from fundraising driven by people with CF and their families who understand how important the provision of these resources and service are. Since Meg was diagnosed with CF, she was treated by the team at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead until she became an adult and her care then moved to the Westmead adult system. It is a result of the clinic’s amazing efforts and the dedication of her family and herself to treatment that has Meg at the healthiest she has ever been. Pleasingly, Meg has been fortunate enough to not require a hospital admission over the last 4 years.

To thank the CF clinic at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead and support the team so kids have access to the same lifestyle Meg’s fortunate to have, 100% of all the funds raised will go directly to the clinic. Meg will be funding her entire trip herself so every contribution and financial support will go where it's most needed. It is important that young children have access to the best equipment, medication and treatment to keep them healthy and to enable them to be as self-sufficient as possible when they enter the adult system.

Meg will be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro with her partner, Nathan Roye, in August. To support her on the goal to be the first Australian to summit, you can donate today.

Thank you to my Supporters

$2.02k

Komatsu Australia Limited

Good luck! I love that you have picked a challenge with even less oxygen.

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Carol Smith

Wish you every success in your climb.

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The Perry Family

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Greg And Angela Whyte

Best wishes for your courageous challenge. Good luck.

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Draffin

We are very proud of you Meg and all you do for others

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Ian Martin

Good luck

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The Notley Boys

Good luck Meggie. Our Aunt did it a few years ago and it is very tough. Hoping you achieve your amazing personal goal and for this very good cause.

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Tony King

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Alistair

What an incredible thing to do Meg! You're an inspiration.

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James Christie

Christies say: You go girl

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Carroll Family

Hi Meg. You don't know me but we have mutual friends. If you get a chance can you call me on 0413700299 so I can explain why our family is supporting you.

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Lucy Bylhouwer

Hello Meggie, this is on behalf of Laura and I. Good on you and Nathan. Lucy

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Nina Perera

Love ya megs!

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Boral Limited

We are proud to support our employee Matthias Fuchs in his support for you. All the best Meg from the team at Boral.

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Matthias Fuchs

Meg ,you are an inspiration to all people with CF. Well done.

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Cathy, Mick & Caitlyn Roye

Congratulations Meg very proud of you and what you are doing. Look after each other and come hope safely love you and Nath xx

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John Cameron

A great cause. Good luck on your adventure Best wishes from Emily's Grandad

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The Krause Family (tom, Connie & Kristina)

YOU are AMAZING! You and Nathan will be in our thoughts and prayers - Cheering you on from California

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Malcolm Family

So proud of you Meg. What a challenge.

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Auntie Sandy And Uncle Jeff

Meggie - you are an inspiration ! So pleased to support your amazing initiative . Much love

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Richard And Jenny Noyce

Such a Courageous Spirit in such an Inspirational Woman 💕🙏🏻. Strong Back Soft Front Wild Heart ❤️ Love Richard and Jenny

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Maria Horgan

What an inspirational young woman you are. You should be very proud. We will be cheering you on all the way. Much love Maria & Max Horgan

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Annette Olle

Go Meg! A wonderful thing you’re doing.

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Alan And Pat Kaye

Wishing you all the best for the big climb. We’llbe With you in spirit

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Sarah Olney

Amazing challenge Meggie - so proud! You are an inspiration, good luck to you both xxx

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Rovers Family

Truly inspirational Meg! All the best to you and Nathan.xx

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Mon Bain

So proud of you Megs xx

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Megan And Chris Warrell

What a hugely inspiring challenge you are embarking on Meggie ! The best of luck to you and Nathan - hope you get to enjoy every step of the way!

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Paul Walsh

What a wonderful thing you are doing. Good luck.

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Heather Reid

Wishing you all the very best as you prepare for this amazing challenge. Looking forward to hearing all about it. Love from the Reid family xxxxxx

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Anna Mk

You are the most incredible role model to us all- we adore you and are so so proud!!! Go Kill (imanjaro) it. Love the Mks xxxxx

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Bate Group

Great stuff. Good luck!

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Dylan Browne

So proud Meg! Xx

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Nicky Douglas

Hi Meggie Wow I am impressed, I flew past Kilimanjaro on a small plane which was breathtaking but to even contemplate climbing it is truly awesome. Colleen Robbie and i will all be thinking of you and cheering you on Meggie. love from Canada, Nicky

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Shelley And Andrew Fleming

Go Meg! You are such a star. We'll be thinking of you as you do the climb (and of your mum and dad!) :)

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Shellie Campbell

Climb High you amazing girl.

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Matthew Cavalier

Meg and Nathan - Best of luck on the climb - you guys are amazing. And I hear they have good wifi up there too so send pics! Matt

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Lisa Bauer

I am in awe of what you are doing! Good luck kiddo!

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Barbara And Laurent Vernerey

We’re with you all the way!

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Fiona Dennison

Good luck Meg and Nathan!

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Nina Olle

So proud of you Meg! Love Nina, Craig George and Sara xxxx

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Erin Booker

Good luck with the climb !

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The Baird Hume Family

All the best Meggie, Enjoy!! Our love, Martin, Sally & Georgia

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Frances Mead

Best of luck for your amazing adventure!

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Warwick Draffin

So proud of you

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Geoff Sutherland

Great initiative Meggie. Pete and Em are cheering you on

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Lynette Howell

Meg you are amazing conquer that mountain but be careful love you 💕

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David Anderson

Meg, I feel privileged to have you on our team and wish you and Nathan the best of luck with the climb. Look forward to celebrating the milestones with you!

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Deb And Bill D'apice

Truly inspirational. Hope it is a great experience.

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Holly & Mike

Very inspiring stuff Meg!!! Good luck to you and Nath xx

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Alison & John Loyd

We so admire you Meg and wish you lots of luck with your inspiring project Love from us both

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Matt Tang

hey Meg, Completely amazing what you are doing. My biggest best wishes to you both & I look forward to giving you both a hug afterwards! love Matt & Brad

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Susan Smith

So proud of you Meggie and Nathan! Good luck with the climb. Lots of love Sue & Eddie

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Nicola Cooke

You are amazing lady! Can’t wait to hear how you and Nathan have smashed it.

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Holly Mcgrath

Wow Meggie - smash it out!!!

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Kerry Brennan

Good luck Meg - you're an inspiration!

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Bonnie Ross

I love you Megs, couldn’t be prouder. Get’m girl!!! Xxxx

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Eloise Ross

Seriously inspiring! Best of luck Meggie.

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Bella Smith

What an extraordinary thing to do Meggie!! We’re all so inspired by and proud of you - you’re an absolute superstar. Lots of love, the Smiths xxx

$104

Caroline & Patrick

Meggie, We wish you all the best, even though Pat and i know you two are going to absolutely smash. We absolutely love you two to pieces... so please be safe! We will have a drink ready for you when you get back! Love you, Caz & Pat

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Liv Trotter

Goodluck Meg!! Such an amazing challenge and wishing you all the best for a safe climb, I know you’ll smash it! X

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Danielle Kosoric

So proud of you Megs! You & Nath are going to smash this! Xx

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Neil & Judy Ross

Meg you are truly amazing!! All power to you. Love Jude and neil

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Jimmy Paton

Let's get it closer to the target!!!!

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Hannah Anastasiou

Kill it guys! Love Hannah and Paris xxx

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Andrew Ford

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Paul Mcgrath

Climb hard!

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Alpe Family

Good luck Meg!

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Natalie & Chris Charlwood

Good luck Meggie & Nath, so proud of you both!

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Jodie Williams

You’re amazing Meggy!!

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Anastasia Mclean

Love you both!!!! So proud of you

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Monique Bain

You are amazing Meg ❤️

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Jimmy Paton

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Andrew Scott

All the very best Meg and Nath...

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Wayne Page

Go Meg. Such an inspiring effort.

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Melinda Bode

I have very few words big enough to express just how proud I am of you both. Together you will smash this mountain and also prove that as long as you have each other you can do anything.. sending you so much love 💕

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Uncle Paul & Aunty Kath

Good luck Meg and Nath, very proud of you both

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Anne Hart

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Claudia James

You are an inspiration to so many Miss Megs and we are just so proud. Happy you & Nathan have eachother for company & support on this mission! Love & luck... Claud, Lach & Zara. xxx

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Susan

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John & Ali Anderson

Wonderful Meg, so inspiring, we wish you well.

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Thomas Alpe

Good luck guys!!

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Jennifer Beattie

Great work Meg and good luck with everything in life.

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Florent

My dear Meg! I stumbled upon this video that Melissa liked on Linkedin, and had absolutely no idea you had CF! My childhood friend's little sister also has CF and has been fighting for over 30 years now! You cannot begin to imagine how much I admire your strength and courage! For having been around this condition a majority of my life and knowing what toll it takes on you every day, it goes without saying that I absolutely want to donate to your cause. It is but a very small token of my immense admiration for you. I have no doubt you will climb this summit and be the first Australian with CF to achieve such an amazing performance! Wishing you all the best!

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Rich Till

Extremely inspiring story... Good luck for the Climb

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Bianca Vitale

So moved by your story. Wishing you and Nathan the best on the climb, can't wait to hear all about it! Go girl!

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Matt Gudge

Smash it Meg!!

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Heather Loomes

What a fantastic thing to do Meg, have an amazing time and good luck.

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Alison Sermanni

We will run out of superlatives talking about you Meg! Good luck to you and Nathan for the climb! xx

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Toby Giles

Truly inspirational stuff, Meg. Well done, and I hope you and Nathan have the most amazing experience.

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B A Bernasconi-curtis

Emily and her family are behind you!

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The Pearsons

What an amazing thing to be doing Meggie! Truly inspirational. Wishing you and Nathan all the best for the climb . xx

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Greg Howell

Go Guys, climb that beast of a mountain. Very inspiring!

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Alyce Wilson

You are so inspiring, good luck on the climb!!!

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Margrethe Roye

Go Meg and Nath lots of love gran xx

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Gemma Pethybridge

Good luck guys!!

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Anonymous

Hope Nath won’t slow you down too much climbing the bloody thing ;) T.

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Jordan

Good luck you absolute legends. Love you both

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Rosie Southwood

Incredible effort, Meggie and Nathan! Can't wait to hear about your successes on the mountain! x

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Alana Kosoric/james Hiley

Well done Meg! Such an awesome achievement! Good luck!

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Lisa Jajou

Inspiring story. Good luck

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Jess Horgan

So proud of you! Such an inspiration xx

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Brett Perry

Best of luck to you both

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Shirley@authentic

Amazing effort Meg

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John Burns

Good luck Meg!

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Purtill Family

Hi Meg Georgia-Rose told us about your climb and fund raise. We are very happy to help. Good luck Mark and Rose Purtill

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Maddi Robins

Inspiring stuff Meg! You and Nathan have all of our support. We are lucky to have you in our team x

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Judith Martin

What an amazing thing to do. Good Luck to you both xx

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Issy Terrett

You have such a beautiful heart Megs. You inspire me and so many to live bigger and brighter.. you’re such a gem! Good luck on the climb, what an experience for you and Nathan together. Lots of love xoxo

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Shannon Bow

Sixty five dollars for sixty five roses! You are an inspiration Meg, especially for a young 21 year old like me also living with CF. Maybe one day we could take on Everest. Keep kicking CFs ass! :)

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Jessica B

Good luck!

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Holly Gooch

Such an amazing thing to do! Hope Nath doesn’t slow you down too much xx

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Josh And Amelia Mccabe

Awesome work Meg (and Nath)!

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Emma Bettiol

Good luck Meg! Xx

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Patrick Andrianakos

Absolutely inspirational! Hope you don’t have to drag Nath up there too much

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Inez Bye

Get it girl! So inspired by you and so glad I’m able to support you xx

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Rhys

To help pay the sherpa that carries Nath on their back.

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Ali Mclean

So incredible!!

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Anonymous

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Charlie Freeman

Very impressive Meg. All the best.

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Abbey

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Belle Green

This is so incredible and inspirational. Good luck! X

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Louis Bannon

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Anna Bradley

You're amazing girlfriend! X

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Anonymous

Go you good thing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

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Stanton Contos

Incredible stuff. Climb well.

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Jesse And Justin Hitchen

Our nephew was recently diagnosed with CF and it is very inspiring to hear a bit about your story and read about what you are working to achieve through this fundraiser. Good luck with the climb, it is such an important cause!

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Lily O'keefe

You’re amazing!! Best of luck xx

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Georgia-rose Purtill

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Jake Rich

You go guuuurl!

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Harriet Mcleish

Go get it girl! You are amazing xoxo

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L Pastura

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Harriette Greenhalgh

Good luck!! X

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Serena Rovers

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Holly Cameron

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Emma Plummer

Looking forward to seeing photos of you guys at the top :)

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Anonymous

💪👍👊

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Paige Klimowsow

Youre so brave Megs, good luck to you and Nath. Lots of love xx

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Tim Cornish

Amazing!! Good luck guys!

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Norelle Hentschel

Inspirational stuff! Good luck with the climb.

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Maree Meyers

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Danni Hudson And Scott Laird

Amazing goal Meg!! All the best, Danni and Scott

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Suzie Jackson

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Benjamin

So amazing Meg.. Smash it!

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Jane Connors

You are AMAZING! And pretty x

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Melinda Bode

What an amazing young woman you are.. so proud of you.. xxx.

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Sue@hairdressers

Well done - you are amazing ! Sue@the hairdressers

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Trish Van Leeuwen

Meg beautiful am so so proud of you & the incredible inspiring woman you have become & that you give back Am thrilled to still be in touch. You've got this! Climb my lovely climb high, that mountain & every day living life. Stay in your heart & keep dancing in your own lane. The biggest of hugs & all love always xx Thanks Gary for staying in touch - love it! xx

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Micheal Huynh

Go get em Meg and Nath!

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Jemma Fastnedge

Meg you are amazing. Best of luck.

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Isabelle Martin

Goooooo Gume!!!!! You’re an absolute weapon. Can’t wait to hear all about it, such an amazing accomplishment. Good luck to you and nath xoxoxo

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Mary Corbett

Dear Meg - What an adventure you will have. Enjoy and good luck to you both you are amazing!!!

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Pauline Draffin

prayers and best wishes for your incredible adventure -Rachel B

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Julia Cassuben

Good luck Meggie!! You’re amazing!

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Michael Hardy

Go Meg, for all those who have gone before you and for those whose battle may be lessened because of you.

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Max Mckeith

Go Meg!

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Tamara Smith

Good luck, guys! What a wonderful thing you are doing.

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Greally Family

You’re an amazing young woman. Kia Kaha, arohanui xx

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Audrey Simhi

So inspiring to us all! All the best on your climb!

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Pei Han

All the best on your climb!

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Rachel Clifford

Good luck Meggie!

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Lucinda Johnson

Amazing job megs! You are going to kill it and are such an inspiration to all. Lots of love xx

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Reyna Johnson

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Ryan Delzoppo

The best view comes after the hardest climb.

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Anneliese Cooney

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Alexander Hold

With first hand experience, I know how important this cause is!

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Anonymous

You go girl

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Jennie May

Goodluck with the climb Meg!

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Anonymous

Your a brave young woman Meg. Hope your goals come true. Cheers. NicAnna. xo.

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James Olney

Good luck guys x

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Elle Beattie

Good luck Meg, or maybe I should say Nath. You’ll get up there easily Meg, but I’m not so sure about ‘the unit’ haha.

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Jessica Westgate

Go girl!! X

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Susan Breskvar

Inspiring!

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Alice Joyce

Good luck Meg and Nath!! Xoxoxo

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Briony & Mitchell

GO GO you good things!! We'll be watching your journey from afar and cheering you on all the way.

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Anonymous

You don’t know me but your story inspires me. Good luck!!

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Josephine Flannelly

Best of luck Meg. M

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Lola Rippon

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Nat Booker

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Lauren Kessler

What an amazing challenge and for such an important cause. X

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Eliza Mckeith

Goodluck Meg!!!! So inspirational!

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Sophie Roubicek

This is the best part about social media, seeing incredible people like yourself doing incredible things! Been a while since preschool days but know you’ll smash it! So inspiring x

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Dani Tegg

Good luck. 🌹

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Jan Gonnella

Good luck Meggie - we haven’t forgotten our lovely old Neighbours in Greenwich !

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Ruby Rose

Such an inspiration for those living with an invisible illness. All the best!

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Carol Berry

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Josie Ryan

Best wishes Meg from Contiki connection. Great story. Look forward to the follow up.

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Alexander Alexander

Good luck on your climb Meggie,hope all goes well for you. Sandy and Roslynn Alexander in Scotland. Say hello to your mum and dad from us.

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Alexander Alexander

From sandy and Joanne in Scotland. Good luck.

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Kendall

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Kira Kraut

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Creed

Good on ya Meg!

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Yasmine Austen

Go Meg! You're an absolute inspiration :) Good luck x

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Danni K

All the best, hope that boyfriend of yours doesn't slow you down.

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Anonymous

Goodluck Meg

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Nadine Kelly

Best of luck on the climb!!

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Kate Stead

Good luck with the climb Meg. Well done for doing such an excellent fundraising campaign

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Emma Harris

Awesome cause, good luck!

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Emily Horneman

Good luck Meg - you are incredibly inspiring!

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Chantal Ensbey

Best of luck Meg & Nathan. An inspirational story - let’s hope one day there will be a cure.

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Leilani Vakaahi

Amazing Meg and Nath xx

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Anonymous

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Anna Killingback

That’s awesome, go Meg!

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Hazel Bunyard

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