As a New York lawyer, Englund had just finished the biggest case of her career and had big plans since graduating from Brigham Young University's law school when her life took an abrupt turn with the diagnosis: cancer.
Like a lawyer, she vowed to fight it.
By December 2011, scans showed no cancer. She continued 34 more rounds of radiation and began hormone therapy to stop the disease from returning.
Thus began a new battle.
She plunged into a severe depression with insomnia, anxiety and panic attacks. It got so bad that Englund told her doctors she'd rather get cancer again than continue this emotional and mental anguish.
"It's much easier to cope with the cancer than the aftereffects caused by depression," Englund explained. "I joke with people that just because my hair came back doesn't mean I'm better."
So she went to a free First Descents camp, where young adult cancer fighters kayak, surf or climb to help them get past their diagnosis. They also get a nickname at the camp to help them focus on their new life.
"Bandcamp," as her camp mates called her, said the experience helped her realize her capabilities, rather than her limitations.
"There is no going back to normal," Englund said, "because you have to get a new version of yourself."
The late Nick Raitt loved the camp so much it inspired his parents, Lori and Lee Brower, who attended Saturday's climb to continue sharing the positive spirit their son embodied.
The Browers, of Layton, created WACKY, to raise money for youth cancer programs. Raittwas diagnosed in high school and died at age 22 after a battle with soft-tissue cancer.
"It was a healing of the spirit," Brower said of his son's "life-changing" camp experience.
Whitney Nelson, of Washington, D.C., took a break from her skiing vacation in Utah to climb the wall Saturday. She has a friend who has gone to the group's camps. While dusting chalk off her hands, Nelson said, "I've just seen firsthand how these camps transform people."
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