TWO teams summit Mt. Shuksan – July 18 & 19, 2015!
Courtesy of KOMO 4 and Denise Whitaker.
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SEATTLE — We’re surrounded by mountains here in the Pacific Northwest that many people climb just because they’re there. And there’s a group of people who also do it to advance treatments and cures for breast cancer.
This group just summited Mt. Shuksan in the North Cascades National Park. After a 5-mile trek up to their base camp at 6,000 feet, they spent a night in tents, resting up to go for the summit the next morning.
This part of the trek starts with a full gear-up; sturdy mountaineering boots with crampons strapped on, an ice axe, climbing harness, helmet, gloves, sunscreen, layers of clothing, food and water.
Strapping on her crampons, Lynn Lippert, who drove up from Portland to make this climb, said she felt good, ready to get started.
Lippert is here with six others who signed up for the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer, a fundraising climb that benefits the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
“For me, it’s really gotten personal,” said Lippert.
A lifelong hiker, these days the struggles and grunts to reach the top of a mountain are a cakewalk in comparison for her.
“After chemo, a mountain is just another hill to climb,” said Lippert.
Lippert’s been going through chemotherapy for years now; first it was breast cancer, then a second breast cancer, and now it’s metastasized to her bones.
“And I’m on a new treatment regime with the hope of bringing it down,” she said.
Lippert just had a consultation with a doctor at the Hutchinson Center, who gives her hope she may be able to qualify for a new clinical trial starting this fall.
“Boy, bringing it down to no evidence of disease would be a Godsend,” said Lippert.
This woman doesn’t just fight her cancer; she fights for everyone with cancer. Lippert’s raised more than $200,000 for Fred Hutch researchers since she started doing the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer 10 years ago.
“That feels really good. Almost as good as standing on the top of a mountain at the age of 73, with really wonderful people and life, that’s good,” said Lippert.
Lippert’s cancer has weakened her a bit, so her climbing buddies pitched in on this one, dividing her supplies amongst themselves, carrying her needed supplies up in their backpacks.
She explained that some of the clinical trials underway when she started, are now standard protocols in care.
“The dollars that we’re raising for research are not out for the way out in the distant future, it’s kind of tomorrow and that’s exciting,” said Lippert.
One tough woman inspiring so many and giving true hope to cancer patients.
KOMO 4’s Denise Whitaker celebrated her birthday up on the summit of Mt. Shuksan with Lippert. Join in them in being a part of the cure. Make a donation here.