The son of a famous mountain climber has just revealed his father's final message before he attempted to climb Mount Everest. Sadly, his dad never made it off the mountain alive.
Don Cash was 55-years-old. He died while trying to reach the summit of Everest. His son spoke out on the Today Show regarding the passing of his father.
"The last message he sent to me personally was, 'I'm so blessed to be on the mountain I have read about for 40 years!'" son Tanner Cash told TODAY.
"I just wanted to tell you how much I love you and how much I appreciate you supporting my dreams,'' the message read.
Don was an experienced climber. His goal was to reach to top of the highest peaks on all seven continents. Everest was his final peak. It also proved to be his last. During the descent, Don collapsed.
"He reached the 29,000-foot summit of Mount Everest on Wednesday as part of a 15-member expedition led by Chinese climber Yuan Li, according to a report in The Himalayan Times. Later, he collapsed on the descent near the famous Hillary Step, a treacherous rock face close to the summit," reported Today.
The sherpas did their best to provide him medical attention while in such an extreme environment. Sadly, he passed away. His cause of death has yet to be determined. His family is speculating that he died after going into cardiac arrest.
"I think there's just so much peace that comes from knowing that he didn't suffer,'' daughter Brandalin Cash said while fighting back tears. "That it was the best way to go."
Please join us in praying for this family. We ask that God brings them comfort and peace as they mourn the loss of their father and husband. We also pray God uses this to draw them family closer in their faith.
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