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Team Kilimanjaro
Amount Raised
81 percent of goal achieved.
Goal: $50,000.00
Achieved: $40,695.00
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About me

Growing up in Jamaica, I was more interested in riding my bike up hills and small mountains vs. hiking them. My introduction to hiking was during grad school, and my first trek was in 2014 where I attempted Mt Meru in Tanzania. I got to ~13,000ft (~4,000m) and turned back as I didn't feel safe with my rented gear. After making it up Little Meru instead, my guide congratulated me and told me to get better gear and go climb Kilimanjaro!

I’ve worked in the cancer field for 10+ years in a variety of settings. Initially as a grad student researching immunotherapies, immune-based diagnostics, and developing transgenic models for ovarian cancer. Then in the business setting as a strategy consultant where I mostly worked with companies developing oncology therapies. After several years of consulting, I felt it was time to operate within a biotech company where I could interact with individuals focused on making an impact in oncology. I joined Compass Therapeutics, an early-stage biotech company with a mission to develop immunotherapies for patients with cancer and autoimmune disease.

I’m currently on the investment team at Atlas Venture. We build companies and invest in a variety of therapeutic areas, including cancer. Our portfolio includes a diverse set of oncology companies and we continue to make an impact on cancer by investing in scientific breakthroughs. Conquering a mountain is somewhat synonymous to breakthroughs in cancer – hard work and dedication make the achievements at the bench and bedside that more rewarding.

Why am I doing this?


Over the last few years, several of my family members have succumbed to melanoma, breast and lung cancer. The impact of cancer on our families, friends, and community is immeasurable. So, while we recognize and celebrate our wins at the bench and in the clinic, we must continue the fight against this deadly disease that continues to take the lives of our loved ones.

Supporting institutions like the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center is a great way to continue the fight against cancer!

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