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On behalf of the Markham Stouffville Hospital Foundation:

Given the unfortunate recent tragedy on Mount Everest and out of respect for the Sherpas that lost their lives, Dr. Shehbaz Butt has decided not to climb Mount Everest this year.  He is safely on his way home from Nepal and will be back here in Markham by the weekend.

We are very appreciative of the generous donations that were made as part of the fundraising efforts. At this time, those funds will be held in an account until Dr Butt is able to confirm plans of his Seven Summits completion.

Thank you everyone for your generous support and we look forward to welcoming Shehbaz home.

April 18, 2014 (8:18 a.m.) - Good morning. Dr. Shehbaz Butt says, "hello" to everyone. Other than having a cold, he is doing alright! As you know, he has been on Base Camp and is still currently there. Due to the avalanche, all plans are currently on hold.

Another update will be shared as soon as Dr. Butt gets in touch with family again. Thank you for your support.

April 17, 2014 - As Shehbaz begins to acclimatize on the mountain – he wanted everyone to know that he is thinking of his family, friends and colleagues back at home and has sent a long a few more photos while at base camp.

April 16, 2014 - Dr. Shehbaz Butt has had one day of rest upon reaching base camp and have set off for another five hour climb. For the next few days he will be doing small climbs to acclimatize to higher altitudes. Shehbaz is definitely very excited and more importantly, feeling great!

Shehbaz and his climbing partner, Joe, have left the Canadian winter for a blizzard in Nepal. Pictured here, are the two in the snow.

He will be in touch again in the next few days. Thank you to all who have sent in donations, it is not too late to support his fundraising goal and let Shehbaz know we are by his side! Donate today!

April 14, 2014 - Just a quick update to share that at 5 a.m. (Canadian time) today, Dr. Shehbaz Butt has reached the base camp of Everest! Trek is going well and Shehbaz has been in touch with few relatives and friends. No pictures to share at this time but will be sure to update this blog as soon as we have more updates.

Support Shehbaz today by making a donation to help in his fundraising goal!

April 10, 2014 - Shehbaz is now in Kathmandu and is getting ready to head to Everest's
base camp in the next few days - another 5 hours of hiking to the next camp!

One of the most beautiful mountains in the Himalayas.

First yak sighting - lots of yaks at the higher altitudes.

Joe with some of the local children.

We are at 3720m, at one of the highest airports in the world. We are having a tea here on our acclimatization hike. A Mi 17 Russian helicopter just took off when we arrived here to bring supplies to base camp. This is a picture of Joe with the Sir Edmund Hillary monument.

First sighting of Everest!

Our guide is Tenzeeng Sherpa, 28 years old. he attends to all of our needs. he just got married in February of this year so I guess you could say he is on his honeymoon with us and not his bride!

Joe doing some shopping in the local bazaar.

April 9, 2014 - Shehbaz is now in Namche, Nepal and will stay for a couple days before they trek to base camp at Everest!

Shehbaz out and about sightseeing in Namche, Nepal

Some of the locals that may be assisting the climb team on their trek

Shehbaz and Joe grabbing a bite to eat at a local restaurant


April 7, 2014 -
We have arrived at Kathmandu and are enjoying our days before the start of our climb. I am climbing with my good friend, Joe Raftis and we have officially picked up our climbing permit (#13) and have met with our guide. Our guide is 28 years old and this is his first attempt on Everest. He has guided one other mountain and had a successful summit — so I think we have the only guide on the mountain with a 100 per cent success rate!

Joe and Shehbaz along with Kili Sherpa, owner of High Altitude Dreams, and our guide, Tengeeng Sherpa.

At the tourism office where we registered and received our climbing permit.


April 3, 2014 - Dr. Shehbaz Butt has made his way to the airport with all of his gear en route to Mount Everest! We're excited to cheer him on through his journey. Keep visiting this page to stay up to date on his climb, and to support this cause, you can click Donate Now!




April 2, 2014 - As departure day nears, friends and colleagues of Shehbaz wanted to send him off with well wishes. Only a few days left until the big journey begins!