Avi Bar Aharon and Noga Barkan at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.
(photo credit: YARIV DAGAN)
AT THE end of January this year, together with 13 members of our Make-A-Wish Israel delegation I reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. We were there on a once-in-a- lifetime journey to accompany Noga Barkan, a 20-year-old cancer survivor, and we realized her wish – and our collective dreams together – at the climax of the climb.When we reached the summit, it was an emotional moment for me, as well as physically exhausting. I immediately stretched out both my arms and placed them on the brown wooden plank that read, “Mount Kilimanjaro; Congratulations, you are now at Uhuru Peak, Tanzania, 5,895 meters, Africa’s highest point and the world’ s highest free-standing mountain.”