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Kilimanjaro Summit – Colorado’s Christine Fisher

September 23, 2013
Christine Fisher summits Mt. Kilimanjaro. Photo courtesy of Christine Fisher.

Christine Fisher summits Mt. Kilimanjaro, August 24, 2013. Photo courtesy of Christine Fisher.

Climb to Fight Breast Cancer adventurer Christine Fisher summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, to benefit cutting edge breast cancer research at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Christine hails from Denver, CO and works at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. She climbed in honor of her patients, and to fund forward-thinking, pioneering, creative research that leads to life-saving discoveries.

Snows of Kilimanjaro. Photo by Rebecca Lashley.

Snows of Kilimanjaro. Photo by Rebecca Lashley.

Her journey began in her home state, where she prepared for her expedition by raising money, reviewing a detailed gear list, collecting supplies and making travel arrangements.  She then traveled more than 8,900 miles to begin a trek that traversed through five ecosystems.  It’s dramatic terrain, framed by one of the world’s most imposing mountains.

Mt. Kilimanjaro crowns the Tanzanian landscape at 19,340 ft.  Christine was professionally guided by experts at Alpine Ascents International.  Alpine Ascents takes the less-traveled Machame Route to the peak’s summit.  Christine gained elevation over many days while acclimatizing to increasing altitude, experiencing a new culture, and enjoying the company of the porters and guides who support Climb to Fight Breast Cancer teams.

After her amazing summit, Christine and her teammates enjoyed a safari in some of the African continent’s greatest game parks.

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the first international peak the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer added to a domestic peak itinerary ten years ago.

The first Fred Hutch Kilimanjaro team, August 2003.

The first Fred Hutch Kilimanjaro team, August 2003.

A group of stellar volunteers took part in our first Tanzanian adventure, and many more have followed.  Kilimanjaro is one of the “seven summits” and is incredibly popular with CLIMB participants all over the United States.  Many describe their time on this trip as life changing.

Private Support like the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer allows Fred Hutch to fund new ideas and innovations as they emerge—accelerating our ability to prevent, detect and treat cancer and related disease.

Congratulations, Christine.  Thank you for embarking on this incredible journey!

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