Photo Gallery Finish line of the 2017 Iditarod with Panther and Banana in lead. Coming into a checkpoint on the 2017 T200 Mile Race. Photo by John Whetten. Me running a team with the 2016 Iditarod Summer Camp Teachers. Banana and Piper leading a bunch of happy dogs. Photo by Terrie Hanke It’s official. I am signed up to run the 2017 Iditarod under Vern Halter’s kennel. Love those dogs! Feature length documentary film of my journey. Now available. These puppies were born the night we returned to the kennel from Nome. This is Red Lantern. The 2015 Iditarod Red Lantern Award for Perseverance. I had the honor of turning out the Widow’s Lantern, officially closing the 2015 Iditarod Race. As the last musher to complete the 2015 Iditarod, I received the Wells Fargo Red Lantern Award for Perseverance. Photo by Erin Montgomery. Larry and me under the burled arch in Nome. I am holding the NORD Rare Disease Day Banner that I held on the summit of Mt. Everest in 2010. After 13 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes, and 51 seconds my team of amazing canine athletes bring us across the finish line! Team coming into Nome. Photo by the 2015 Teacher on the Trail, Erin Montgomery. The team running on the sea ice between Shaktoolik and Koyuk. Photo by trail sweep, Pete Radano. I found a great camping spot about half way to the Huslia Checkpoint. The race re-route took us further into the wilderness. These two teams are running down the Yukon River on the way to Ruby. Photo by Jeff Schultz. My amazing team dropping onto the Chena River shortly after the Fairbanks start of the race. Love those dogs! Ceremonial Start of the 2015 Iditarod in Anchorage with sponsor/Iditarider Robert Follman. Getting ready for the Ceremonial Start of the 2015 Iditarod in Anchorage with the most supportive husband in the world, Larry. The team is ready to go to Nome! I love these amazing dogs!!! Great photo of my happy team during the 2015 NL300 mile race. Photo by Rohn Buser. Beautiful day at the Talvista Hospitality Stop during the Northern Lights 300-mile Race. Camping training trip on a beautiful, moon lit night on the Copper Basin Race trail a week before the race. Valerie Harper, Meg Grant (AAPR), and me after BANNER ON THE MOON showing at the AARP Movies for Grown-ups Showcase. Fall training with Mocha and Piper in lead. New dog trailer in the colors of the Katmai Lodge Alaska & Markall Inc Foundation for Disease and Disability Awareness. Valerie Harper is the narrator for our documentary film “Banner on the Moon” Sir Charles wearing the Katmai Lodge Alaska hat. In 2015, we will be running the southern route. 2015 Iditarod sign ups with Erin Montgomery, the new Teacher on the Trail. It was great to get back to running the dogs, if only for a few miles. Back at the Dream a Dream Dog Farm, I received an warm welcome. This is Barge. My first catch – a sockeye salmon. I learned to fly fish with the help of Jeff, one of Katmai Lodge’s amazing guides. It was a very scenic flight on their plane to Katmai Lodge Alaska. A huge “Thank You” goes to my primary race-sponsor for helping me follow my dream! I signed up to run the 2015 Iditarod Sled Dog Race! It is time for me to head home, back to family and work. This is Cy, just one of the amazing dogs at Vern Halter’s Dream a Dream Dog Farm. By Misha Pederson. The Iditarod Air Force did an amazing job of flying my team out and back to Anchorage. This is the Rohn Checkpoint and where my race ended. I also put the banner on Aspen. She is an amazing lead dog! I stopped and put the Rare Disease Day Banner on the sled about 4 miles out from the Rohn Checkpoint. Notice the chains on my runners. Used them to slow the team on this crazy run. The team is resting at Finger Lake and enjoying the warm sun and fresh straw. Finger Lake Checkpoint. My team is on the right side. Restart out of Willow on March 2nd. By Donna Quante Ceremonial Start on March 1st with Vern Halter on the back sled. By Donna Quante. Ceremonial start of the 2014 Iditarod Sled Dog Race. Staged and waiting to go. Running 18 dogs on the Big Su River with Misha on a sled behind me. Photo by Misha Pederson. My Iditarod drop bags are complete! Fifty-three bags weighing 1953 pounds. My team resting at the last check point before the final 50-mile run to the finish line of the Knik 200 Race. Vern and I at the start line of the Knik 200-mile race. The team did great! Photo by Mike Suprenant. A beautiful day to run. McLeod and Syringe are in lead – happy dogs. Me, Dick Mackey, Larry, and Vern Halter at musher sign-ups, June 29, 2013. Signing up to run the 2014 Iditarod with Vern Halter and his Dream a Dream Dog Farm. Gary, the owner of Press Works, has donated his graphic design services. His daughter, Holly, also has Wegener’s granulomatosis. My Finish Line with NORD Banner, Baby Drool’s feet, and my knees. On Yukon River coming into Kaltag. A warm welcome from Grayling Checkpoint. Pimp playing King of the Straw at Ophir Checkpoint. Leaving McGrath after 24-hour rest. Photo by Terri Hanke McGrath Checkpoint. Baby Drool and Rapper looking handsome. Photo by Terri Hanke Me and my amazing team are off. Photo by Korin Galameau Me giving Prego a kiss before the race started. Photo by Marianke Phillips Cain Carter and me before the re-start on March 3, 2013. Me kissing my Baby Drool after the Ceremonial start and Raven is waiting his turn. Ceremonial run complete: Happy team in their VASCULITIS Racing for Life coats. Leaning out to give a young race fan a high-five along the trail near the Native hospital. Photo by Jeff Schultz Leaving the Ceremonial start line on March 2, 2013. Photo by Jeff Schultz Moving team up to the Ceremonial Start Line of the 2013 Iditarod. Photo by MJ Godges. Larry and I at Iditarod Musher Banquet February 28, 2013: National Rare Disease Day! Finished my qualifying races! Now to get my drop bags in for shipment, February 2013. Start of the 2013 Northern Lights 300. My final qualifying race. Photo by Donna Quante. Musher Meeting before the start of the 2013 Copper Basin 300-mile Race Finisher’s banquet for the Top of the World 350-mile Race, December 31, 2012. Me kissing Amp, or is Amp kissing me? I am wearing my racing logoed T-shirt. Fall training in 2012. Photo by Mia Scratch. Follow musher, Jimmy Lebling, and me after the YK 300 race. Circle Check Point (225 miles into the YQ300). I carried the NORD Banner in my pocket and it looks like it: but there it is! Photo by Janiene Licciardi. Start of the 2012 Yukon Quest 300-mile race. Photo by Theresa Daily. Me and my team taking off from the start-line of the 2012 Copper Basin 300 Mile Race. Photo by Theresa Daily Me and my wonderful dog team a few miles into the 2011 Sheep Mountain 150 Mile Race. Getting ready to start the 2011 Sheep Mountain 150-mile Race. Rev modeling vasculitis racing coat. We are back in the yard after a 12-hour run and I am holding my racing banner. My first camp-out running dogs. It was -40 to – 50 degrees and we went a total of 115 miles. Larry, the famous Quest and Iditarod Champion enjoying his retirement. Me getting some 5-on-1 time with some of Lance’s future champions. Photo by Tonya Mackey. With my book completed, I am free to continue exploring life and raising rare disease awareness. I am working with Lance Mackey, at his Come Back Kennel, with the goal of running in the 2013 Alaskan Iditarod Dog Sled Race Rare Disease Day, 2011. This dolphin likes my banner! My favorite picture from the Everest Experience! We are almost back to base camp after summiting, and Scott and Bill had arrange a surprise pre-celebration. Photo by Ania Lichota. SUMMIT!!!!! After walking up and standing on the summit, I decide it’s safer to sit down and have my photo holding the National Organization of Rare Disorders Banner taken by Scott Woolums. Now, it’s time to take my medidation and head down. On May 23, 2010 at 9:02 AM Nepal time, I became one of the 268 women to have climbed to the top of the World! Crowd on the pool table-sized summit of Mt. Everest! Really! 29,000 feet, and just a few yards from walking onto the top of the World! Photo by Scott Woolums Scott Woolums, as of May 20, 2011, 6-time Everest summiter! He is at the top of the Hillary Step. Photo by Bill Allen, who as of May 20, 2011 is a two-time Everest summiter.After 11 hours of climbing, I reached the Corince Traverse and the Hillary Step. Because of weather climbers were forced into a very short summit window resulting in major delays on summit day. Photo by Bill Allen May 23, 2010 on our way to the summit. Looking down at The Balcony. Photo by Scott Woolums Looking up above The Balcony at over 27,000 ft. Photo by Scott Woolums Larry and I on Mt. Baldy summit with the 2010 Vascultis T-Shirt. There is no place like home and family! Mt. Everest: What an amazing experience! Back in Kathmandu we were given a certificate and an award from the Minister of Tourism. Back at base camp the next day and yes my face looked that bad. Next day back at Camp 2 with minor injuries. SUMMIT with National Organization of Rare Diseases Banner: Amazingly beautiful! Time to take my medications. Arrived at Camp 4 (26,000 ft) around noon and left for summit at 9 PM. Me climbing the Geneva Spur to Camp 4 (just below 26,000 ft). We did not do muching walking around on our little camp-site ledge. Camp 3 (24,000 ft) in the middle of the Lhotse Face! Cindy and Ania climbing Lhotse Face to Camp 3. Camp 2 (21,500 ft) holding family photos which I carried at all times. Waiting to cross dangerous area of the Khumbu Icefall. Climbing through the Khumbu Icefall. Visited with Dr. Peter Hackett at the Everest ER. First day at Base Camp (17,500 ft) with Khumbu Icefall in background. Mountain Trip’s 2010 Mt. Everest Summit Team We are off to base camp in the morning. Rare Disease Day Sign on Mt. Baldy Summit Vasculitis Foundation T-Shirt on Mt. Baldy Summit. Training in the Alabama Hills Crampons on rock! Peak Lenin, Kyrgyzstan, 23,400 ft Base Camp (11,860 ft): A little stormy! Peak Lenin looking not so friendly. Moving to Camp 1 (14,500 ft). Photo taken by Scott Woolums. Cindy and Laurie moving to Camp 2 (17,770 ft). Photo taken by Scott Woolums. Cindy and Laurie moving to Camp 3 (20,100 ft). Photo taken by Scott Woolums. Cindy: Predawn on Peak Lenin, about 21,000 ft Photo by Scott Woolums. Back at Camp 3 after summit attempt (20,100 ft). Photo taken by Scott Woolums. Almost at summit Mt. Elbrus – Just keep stepping! Mt. Elbrus Summit, Russia (18,513 ft) July 2009 What a beautiful day for a climb! Photo taken by Soctt Woolums. Mt. Cheget summit (11, 700 ft) with Mt. Elbrus in background. Photo taken by Scott Woolums. Red Square, Russia: Pre-climb touring. Photo taken by Scott Woolums. Mt. Rainier Summit (14,411 ft), Lucky! We summited in between storms! Cindy ice climbing in Lee Vining. Photo taken by Doug Nidevers. New Years Day: On the way to Mt Aconcagua base camp (10,000 ft). Photo taken by Laurie Bagley. Mt. Aconcagua Basecamp (13,500 ft): After 3 days, we are happy to have a chair to sit on instead of a rock! Photo by Scott Woolums. Moving to Camp 1. Photo by Scott Woolums. Camp 1 (16,400 ft). Dinner: Pizza!! Cindy and Laurie moving to high camp. Mt. Aconcagua, High Camp (19,700 ft), very high winds! Photo taken by Scott Woolums. Cindy’s foot after being helivaced off mountain. In Mendoza airport leaving for home after breaking leg. Cindy on the way up Kilimanjaro. First summit: Mt. Kilimanjaro 2006. Cindy on Kilimanjaro Summit We go touring in Africa after the climb. Sunset on the Savanna: The perfect end to a great day.