Garrison Garcia wrote -
The Gore-Tex Grand Traverse (GT or Traverse for short) is an approximately 40 mile backcountry skiing race from Crested Butte to Aspen, CO with nearly 8,000' of elevation gain. Winners have completed the course in around 7 hours, mere-mortals can take more than double that. It is a team race due to the risk of avalanches and occasional difficulty of route finding.
Please help support Garrison Garcia and Sean Swarner as they compete in this years traverse for CancerClimber.
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