Garrison Garcia via Crowdrise
March 12, 2013
BENEFITING: CANCERCLIMBER ASSOCIATION
EVENT DATE: Mar 29, 2013
The Gore-Tex Grand Traverse is a crazy, backcountry skiing adventure taking insane endurance skiers from Crested Butte to Aspen, Colorado over approximately 40 miles and 8'000 vertial feet of wilderness terrain.
Yes, folks, it's true. In yet another attempt to test the limitations of cancer survivors, Sean Swarner and Garrison Garcia are pairing up to take on The Gore-Tex Grand Traverse.
When are you guys doing this totally nuts event?
Glad you asked. The starting gun is fired at midnight on Friday, March 29th and races all through the night. Hopefully Garrison and Sean will arrive in Aspen in time for a late brunch (and for more bloody marys than bloody toes...) Saturday morning. If not, please go find them on course!
Isn't it kind of dangerous to do an event like this?
Darling, Garrison and Sean laugh in the face of danger. In fact, Garrison's middle name is Danger (not actually a fact.) They've each beaten cancer twice. Sean has one functioning lung. And the other day, Garrison stubbed his toe really, really bad. Sure, the Gore-Tex Grand Traverse has dangers such as frostbite, getting lost, avalanches and total, utter exhaustion, but those foes are nothing for the likes of these two. Garrison and Sean are the real deal, baby!
(P.S. Note from Garrison- I've done this before! It took about 14 hours, but still. Sean doesn't really know what he's getting himself into, and I'll probably end up dragging is chunky butt to Aspen, but hopefully he'll be good company anyway.)
Okay, I'm interested and think I'll support this cause. It sounds pretty cool. But what does my money go towards?
That's the coolest part! Take a moment to think about all the people you know that have been touched by cancer. Friends, family, coworkers. Lots of people, right? Sean started this super cool organization called Cancer Climber. It helps him showcase the totally amazing things that cancer survivors can go on to do during survivorship. In fact, Sean's organization awarded Garrison an Adventure Grant to go to Africa and climb Mt. Kilimanjaro with Sean. Two awesome cancer survivors, standing at the highest point on the continent of Africa. How cool.
Cancer Climber's ultimate goal, though, is even cooler. They're raising funds to put together a Mobile Basecamp which will tour the country and set up at cancer treatment facilities. People going through their own battle with cancer will have the chance to experience this basecamp and become inspired by Sean and other survivor's stories. It will also have a pretty cool climbing wall, movie and game room and theater for presentations. Totally free to patients and families!
Alright! Stop typing and take my money, you've totally convinced me! I'm going to support Garrison and Sean in their quest to race the Gore-Tex Grand Traverse to raise money for Cancer Climber! One last question, though. How do I donate?
That's easy, friend. Simply click the DONATE button on this page. No amount is too small or too big. Thank you for your generosity!
Growing up in the Gunnison Valley, Garrison Garcia spent a lot of his time playing in the mountains around Crested Butte. His parents love of the outdoors was passed on to him and Garrison loves mountain biking, hiking and skiing in his free time. Garrison is 1 for 3 on Grand Traverse attempts, but none have been as important to him as this one. Being a two-time cancer survivor and having the opportunity to raise funds for Sean Swarner's organization, Cancer Climber, is extremely motivating for him. Future plans include climbing Denali, more of Colorado's 14ers and rafting the Grand Canyon.
Sean Swarner has broken through defined human limitation in order to redefine the way the world views success.
Sean was diagnosed with two completely different types of cancer, once at the age of 13 and again at the age of 16 where he was given fourteen days to live and read his last rights. He astounded the medical community when he survived both these brutal diseases and a medical-induced coma. Sean realized that after defeating cancer twice, no challenge would ever be too great or any peak too high. Sean proved his theory when he crested the peak of the highest point in the world (Mount Everest) with only partial use of his lungs. As the first cancer survivor to do so, Sean decided to continue climbing and has since topped the highest peaks in Africa, Europe, South America, Australia, Antarctica, and North America.
Originally founded in 2001 by Sean and his brother Seth, The CancerClimber Association had its sights set on funding cancer research. After contemplation and the realization that it takes many many years for donated money to actually support research, CancerClimber decided that it wanted to help people touched by cancer now, not years down the road. We then focused on hope and giving people the tools needed to overcome cancer with the right attitude and to come out on the other side with a more positive outlook on life. Hope and inspiration is key to the association’s groundwork and foundation. As we continue raising money for the mobile camp, we also have in mind cancer