Long before meeting each other, both Sophie and Angelo had planned to climb Kilimanjaro. Sophie was in training to climb when her son passed away, while Angelo and his son had planned to climb Kilimanjaro together. However, the return of Misha’s tumour kept them from fulfilling their dream. In his will, Misha asked his father to scatter his ashes on top of Kilimanjaro so they may still reach the highest peak of Africa together.
During the Roger’s House Telethon in March 2011, Sophie and Angelo were sitting next to one another answering phones and taking donations when Angelo confided he was looking into climbing Kilimanjaro to scatter Misha’s ashes. It instantly renewed Sophie’s desire to do the climb and they committed on that very night to doing a charity climb for Roger’s House.