Eliminating MS on Mt Elbrus

In July 2022, I will be traveling to Southern Russia to climb Mt. Elbrus!! Mt. Elbrus is a dormant volcano located near the border with Georgia and Russia and loams over both countries at 18,510 ft. During this multi day climb, I will be pushed both physically and mentally to conquer Mt. Elbrus, through the cold conditions and altitude. As I climb, I will hold two special ladies and one great cause in my mind as inspiration.


I will be climbing as a fundraiser for the Tisch Multiple Sclerosis Research Center of New York City with a goal of $18,510- a dollar for every foot!

Why I Climb?

TISCH MS Research Center in NYC holds a special place in me and my husband, Mark’s, heart. 

My mother, Gerri, was diagnosed with Secondary-Progressive Multiple Sclerosis in 1999. Mark’s mom, Susan, was diagnosed with Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis in 2012. Our families are eternally grateful for the care and treatment they have received from Dr. Sadiq and his team at the Tisch MS Center NYC.  Their passion and commitment to find the cure for MS is unequalled and will inspire me as I take on this challenge.  

For them- I  climb. I aim to ascend to great heights, wishing that they had the choice to do the same. Pushing myself physically and mentally as I train, reminds me of the challenges that they go through on a daily basis.  I realize that this climb represents only a fraction of the challenge they face every day, and am grateful to be blessed with the ability to take on the challenge of Mt. Elbrus.

Who am I climbing with?

WHOA!  Women High on Adventure is an all-women’s travel company and is perfect for adventurous women looking to step outside of our comfort zones and take on the world! WHOA focuses on positive impact travel since every adventure involves giving back by connecting with local women. I traveled with this company in 2018 to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. I was inspired by the beauty of this country and the warm hearts of its people. As we hiked with our all women’s crew, positive energy, encouragement and laughter fueled us to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The power of this trip and the WHOA travel community ignited my desire to travel to Russia and conquer Mt. Elbrus! 

My Supporters

  • Anonymous Erin & Mark, Happy to be supporting a cause that is so dear to both of you. Congratulations on your wedding - we love you both! Erin, I am so proud of all the challenges you continually set for yourself! I hope that one day you make it to the top of Mt August 2021
  • Anonymous Wishing you a life time of health & happiness!! Good luck with the climb!! August 2021
  • Anonymous Best wishes Erin and Mark! July 2021
  • Johan F Dixon Way to go Erin, you”Rock”!! Safe journey. Best wishes to you and your very special family. Sincerely, Mrs. Dixon & family June 2021 $200.00
  • Catherine Westdyk So proud of you Erin! Love, Uncle Tom, Aunt Cathie and Gang May 2021
  • Mark and Susan Doherty AMEX Match July 2020 $2,500.00
  • Mark and Susan Doherty Erin thank you so much for including me in this very special cause - so happy you are becoming a member of our family. I thank God eveyday for sending Dr Sadiq my way and it was all thanks to you and your Mom. Love you both so very much. February 2020 $2,500.00
  • William Westdyk Hurry up!! Love mom and dad October 2020 $1,000.00
  • Mary Gibney-Doherty You are an inspiration! Be safe! I can't wait to hear about it! My godson is a very lucky man! January 2021 $500.00
  • Mary and Peter Delohery February 2020 $500.00





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Why Donate?


The Tisch MS Research Center of New York has provided Gerri and Susan with exceptional care but they still need our help. As a research facility, there are several ongoing research projects, including stem cell research and treatment, that require funding and support.


Anything you can offer to help the Tisch MSCNY continue their mission of finding the cause of and cure for multiple sclerosis are greatly appreciated!


With Gratitude and Love,



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