The power of community is amazing. After all, when people come together they can achieve anything — even the seemingly impossible.
Janelle Boston has spent decades wanting to climb Mount Tyson in Queensland, Australia. As a child, she and her fellow Girl Guides (or Girl Scouts) planned to hike the mountain, but bad weather forced them to cancel their trip. Before she got another chance to go, Janelle was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis.
Today, the 55-year-old can’t walk more than a few steps, but she’s never abandoned her childhood dream! So when the Tully Community Cuppa & Chats Facebook group asked its members in February to name something they wanted to do but hadn’t yet, Janelle had her answer ready.
Graham Sollitt, the group’s administrator, was touched by her story. “After I read that I sort of had a lump in my throat, and I thought, ‘My God, we have to try and do something about it,'” he said.
Thankfully, he knew just the group to contact! He got in touch with the Tully Rugby League to see if they would take a special training run up Mount Tyson!
The club’s president, Anthony Emmi, took the idea to personal trainer Tracee Harris, not realizing that she already trained Janelle. Of course, Tracee jumped at the chance to help, rallying about 30 clients to make Janelle’s wish come true. She also recruited a local welder to craft a chair that would allow them to carry Janelle up the mountain.
When the group of 40 started their climb in October, Janelle couldn’t stop smiling. Her newest friends took turns helping her along, with multiple people carrying her at a time.
Some sections of the trail were so steep that people moved her to their backs. But the look on her face was worth every second of hard work!
At long last, they reached the summit, where Janelle was able to take in the gorgeous views with her own eyes. Thanks to her wonderful fellow hikers, she no longer has to wonder what the experience would be like!
Along with Janelle’s husband, her mom Isabell Semken got to witness the touching moment. She said, “I can say thank you, but they just really won’t understand what it means to me, what they have done for Janelle.”
What an incredible accomplishment! We’re so glad each and every one of these people stepped up to make Janelle’s dream come true.
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