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RN Aims High to Fight Cancer

Not content with providing the best emergency care possible to patients, Chuck Norman RN, CEN, CFRN, CCRN, of Orlando, Fla., aims to vanquish cancer and other diseases and has taken his quest to great heights.

“Doing more in the community is part of my calling,” Norman says. “I don’t want to just go to work and take care of people. I want to find cures for these terrible diseases.”

In 2009, nine of his friends and family members were diagnosed or succumbed to cancer, and he decided to turn that negative energy into something positive, with a climb of Mount Whitney in California that would raise money for the American Cancer Society.

On April 4, 2011, at 10:50 a.m., Norman, an ED nurse at Dr. P. Phillips Hospital in Orlando, reached the summit. He collected more than $4,000 for the society.

Mount Whitney at sunrise

Norman attempted to scale Mount Whitney in 2010, but nearly two-thirds up the 14,495-ft high mountain, a fellow climber developed chest pain radiating down his arm, shortness of breath and an irregular pulse. Norman abandoned his climb to help the man down the mountain to the nearest hospital.

Never one to give up, Norman planned a second attempt, took more vacation time, flew out West and achieved his goal. At the top, he spread the ashes of a colleague’s mother who died of cancer.

“That brought me joy, knowing it helped him deal with his situation,” Norman says.

Altogether, Norman’s Snow Shoe Club has raised more than $11,000 for health-related charities. In 2008, he climbed Mount Rainier in Ashford, Wash., to raise awareness and funds for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. He plans to climb Mount Hood in Oregon next, then perhaps combine a volcano climb with a medical mission trip to Central America.

“As a healthcare provider,” Norman says, “I want to go the extra mile.”

Or, in his case, climb the extra mile.

By | 2020-04-15T13:18:49-04:00 May 2nd, 2011|Categories: Regional, South|0 Comments

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