Climbing through wind, rain and fog to honor cancer patients on Mt. Shuksan
MOUNT SHUKSAN, Wash — Facing treatment for cancer can seem like trying to climb a mountain.
This analogy is one reason people choose to join the Climb to Fight Cancer: to raise money for research, honor those fighting it now, or remember those lost.
KOMO’s Denise Whitaker first joined the Climb to Fight Cancer in 2005 and just made her 11th climb for the Fred Hutchinson Center Research Center and its Climb to Fight Cancer.
The North Cascades can provide some interesting weather and the Shuksan team experienced much of it, with rain, thunder, fog, wind and even sunshine during the course of the three-day climb.
The team of three women, three men and four guides from Alpine Ascents, shared their time together on the mountain, thinking about how cancer’s touched their lives, while raising more than $18,000 for cancer research at the Hutchinson Center. Denise Whitaker’s had a number of women in her family survive breast cancer, together with many friends, among them Lynn Lippert.
Check this out; KOMO 4’s Kelly Koopmans says she’s ready to join the fight and take on this challenge next year!
Right now you can be a part of the cure, by making a donation. ~ story courtesy of KOMO 4 news by Denise Whitaker.
Denise is a journalist, adventure seeker, mountain climber, motorcycle rider and a creative cook.