Dentist scales the heights in memory of mentor

30 March, 2018 / infocus
 Scottish Dental  

Zoe Paterson, a University of Dundee dentistry graduate, has climbed Kilimanjaro in memory of her university supervisor and colleague, Dr Garry Sime.

Zoe graduated with a degree in dentistry in 2014, and took on the task of tackling Africa’s tallest peak in March, in memory of Dr Sime, who died due to a stroke in 2016.

Before taking on the 19,000 ft ascent, Zoe said: “I actually wanted to take on Everest, but seeing as I’ve never climbed a mountain before I figured the tallest in Africa might be more achievable.

“I’m climbing Kilimanjaro while fundraising for the Stroke Association, who provide crucial services for stroke survivors and their loved ones.

“Garry was a close friend and a kind soul. He was an incredible mentor and I hope by challenging myself and fundraising for I can raise some awareness of the types of stroke that can kill so quickly.”

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