Storytellers: Honoring her son a world away

AURORA – When Karen Daines lost her son to cystic fibrosis in April, she searched for ways to celebrate his life. Little did she know that search would take her around the world.

Jason Daines passed away on April 14, 2014. He was 35 when he died.

"When he was born 35 years ago, I was told his chances of living into the age of 18 were 50/50," Karen Daines said.

Jason was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when he was 2-months-old. Cystic fibrosis is a chronic lung disease.

"It's not anything I would wish on anyone," Karen Daines said.

The day Jason died, he was scheduled for an evaluation to undergo a lung transplant. That made it more difficult for Karen, given how strong of a fighter her son was.

The only thing bringing Karen any sense of comfort is the one thing that happened a world away.

His name is Tommy Danger. Tommy left Breckenridge with another buddy to tackle the world's Seven Summits. The Seven Summits are the seven tallest peaks on each of the seven continents.

"He climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa in November and just last weekend, he conquered Mount Elbrus in Russia," Karen explained.

While Tommy was atop Mt. Elbrus, he did something special for Karen.

"As soon as he got to the summit he texted me a picture of himself at the summit of Mt. Elbrus, holding a picture of my son and said 'this is for Jason,'" Daines added.

Not only did he take Jason's picture to the top of Mt. Elbrus, but Tommy Danger also plans to take Jason with him on the other climbs as part of his mission to raise awareness and funding for Cystic Fibrosis.

Tommy told Karen it will take him about four years to accomplish his mountain climbing mission.

To learn more about Tommy Danger's mission, follow this link:

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