Earthquake survivor raises money for victims in Nepal

Two months ago a massive quake rocked Nepal. A Scottsdale woman was there when it happened.

After returning to Arizona, she has a mission to return to Nepal and bring back help.

Haley Ercanbrack says before she left Nepal, she made a promise to her friends there that she would raise money to help their communities.
She held a fundraiser at Mod in Phoenix on Sunday.

She vows to do what she can to help the earthquake victims.
A snapshot before the devastation shows Haley Ercanbrack and her father on Mount Everest.

As they climbed the mountain, as 7.8 earthquake hit Nepal and triggered a massive avalanche.

"At that point, I'm like, life over. I'm buried alive here," said Ercanbrack.

19 people died on Everest that April day.

Haley and her father survived after they were rescued off the mountain.

Two months later, she's making good on a promise she made to the people of Nepal and to the Sherpas, the guides on the treacherous mountain.

"I promised the Sherpas I wouldn't forget about them and promised I would come home and raise money for them because they have no homes their livelihoods have been ruined," said Ercanbrack.

All proceeds of the cocktail party will go towards relief work in Nepal.

She's back with her father, in a far different setting, after an unimaginable journey.

"It's unbelievable what can happen when a community comes together and I believe in people and this has totally strengthened my beliefs," said Ercanbrack.

Ercanbrack says she will keep moving forward and will use her experience to bring back help to the people of Nepal, who in her time of need, gave so much.

"They've done so much for me. They kept me safe. They kept me a live. They waited on me hand and foot," said Ercanbrack. "They are the most loving, giving people you'll ever meet. It's my duty to help them."

Nepal's national planning commission says the country needs $6.6 billion to rebuild and the United Nations says it needs about $300 million more for humanitarian efforts.
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