Reaching New Heights

Karen Parman

Karen (White) Parman's journey beyond cancer led her to the base camp of Mt. Everest.

by Meredith Carter

March 5, 2012

Last April, Karen (White) Parman '84 left the flats of Iowa for an adventure of a lifetime. Parman, an 11-year cancer survivor, was one of 14 who traveled to Nepal with Dr. Richard Deming, medical director of Mercy Cancer Center in Des Moines. The group, called Above and Beyond Cancer, went on an 18-day quest to hike 17,600 feet to the base camp of Mount Everest.

"This experience gave me a broader vision of God's kingdom, and it taught me to not let fear hold me back," said Parman. The everyday job, home, and family pressures throughout her years of being cancer free had made her lose sight of the blessings that cancer brings. For her, those blessings included "a deeper compassion for people and a constant awareness to make time count."

Parman graduated from Cedarville with a degree in business management and said that her time at college changed the course of her life. "It was at Cedarville that I realized that I wanted to know God." she said.

God has continued to bless Karen with a loving husband, family, and amazing opportunities such as traveling to Nepal and building life-long relationships with those on her team. 

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View a video about Karen’s courageous climb.