Halfpipe Skier Jen Hudak writes poem about conquering her Everest

Posted By: The Ski Channel on July 28, 2011 3:49 pm

PARK CITY, UT – In 2009, halfpipe skier Jen Hudak of Salt Lake City learned firsthand that her hours of grueling training were nothing compared to the trails of what her father was headed for. In December of that year, her father was diagnosed with an extremely rare form of Leukemia called Donovo-PPL, and immediately started to undergo Chemo treatments and also had a stem-cell transplant.

Hudak reflected she had “been dealt some tough cards in my pursuit of excellence in skiing, but nothing has come close to the feelings I have felt over the last year and a half.” She continued to say, ”It didn’t take long for my family to jump into the recovery process head‐on. We Hudaks aren’t known for sitting back, we like to be in the driver’s seat. With that came the responsibility of really training and preparing for the long journey ahead of us.” 

As this journey began, she also starting to make the connection between her father’s treatment process and of climbing Mt. Everest. “Pre‐Chemo was training, Chemo was moving from Base Camp all the way to camp four. The next step ‐ the stem cell transplant ‐ was the push to the summit, and the recovery from the stem cell transplant is the decent back to normal grounds,” Hudak said. She realized it doesn’t matter what you do in life, you will always have your own form of Everest to conquer – “Whether it’s rehabbing from injury or fighting for your life, it’s about persevering through less than ideal situations that life is bound to throw at you.”

Currently, Hudak donates five percent of her winnings to the Leukemia Lymphoma Society as well as
www.DKMSamericas.org. One day she hopes to increase the percentage.

To read Hudak’s poem she wrote about  conquering her Everest, please see below:

Commit yourself to your goal then
Open your mind to all possible paths.
Never give up.
Question those who doubt you and respond with
Unrelenting focus.
Exert yourself in a
Regimented training routine.

You are your biggest competition.
Organize your efforts and maintain an
Unfailing belief in yourself.
Require 10% more each day.

Expect the best, but prepare for the worst.
Vary your outlook.
Exempt yourself from excuses.
Resist distractions and
Escape restrictions.
Surpass others expectations and always
Test the limits.