After an arduous seven day climb,Children’s National board members Natalia Luis and Cidalia Luis-Akbar, reached the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free standing mountain in the world in support Children’s National’s Fetal Medicine Institute. The remarkable sisters, leading businesswomen and dedicated moms climbed the 19,341-foot African mountain to raise awareness and funds in support of fetal medicine so that newborns have the best chance to thrive. Their goal is to raise $500,000. “It’s every human being’s duty to ensure that we leave this world better than we found it,” said Cidalia Luis-Akbar.
Cidalia’s experience with Children’s National during a challenging personal journey inspired her and her sister to give back in this unique way. All funds raised through the campaign will support earlier, more accurate diagnostics during high-risk pregnancies and help set a new standard of care for fragile newborns. They are halfway toward their goal of $500,000.
Upon reaching the summit, Natalia and Cidalia proudly flew the Dr. Bear flag. Natalia said, “Children’s National, as you can see, we’ve realized the dream of reaching the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. We are inspired by you and everything you do, every single day.” She added, “Kurt Newman, David Wessel, Adre du Plessis, Catherine Limperopoulos, and all of the miracle workers at Children’s National–we salute you, we’re grateful to you. We love you. Thank you.”
While Cidalia and Natalia have successfully achieved their goal of scaling the mountain, they still need support to reach their fundraising goal for the Fetal Medicine Institute. You can make a secure, online donation here.