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Kilimanjaro '12: Climb2Cure Prostate Cancer

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March 22, 2012

This is a great cause. I'm fortunate that I'm at the extreme of the envelope of concern, but you young ones should certainly take heed...  See more

BENEFITING: Prostate Cancer Foundation

ORGANIZER: Steve Vogel

EVENT DATE: Sep 22, 2012

Ed Smith

THE STORY:

Steve Vogel wrote -

On September 22, 2012....

...seven of us with no clue will begin a long hike up to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro—at 19,340 feet, the tallest, most iconic rock in Africa. For Hemingway buffs, it's church. We're mostly aging skiers, over-the-hill marathoners, senior softballers -- all of us creeky in the joints. None of us are serious backpackers. Climbing "one of the world's seven summits" is way out of our collective wheelhouse. I haven't slept outdoors in a tent since Cub Scouts, some fifty years ago...

WHATEVER. We're climbing for...

... a little adventure and to raise funds to end prostate cancer, which affects one in every six American men. One in six. That would be me. My Dad. We had the mutant gene.That puts my son Nick, my brother Kurt and his four sons in the genetic crosshairs. So my climb is personal.

But prostate cancer threatens many families today, genetics being just one of the risk factors. It's the second deadliest cancer for men. In half of all cases, the best treatments can be worse than the disease. It sucks.

Diagnosed in 2008, I wrote a book about my experience with PC. I also learned how close science was getting to a cure. So to help push things along, we're using the climb to support the Prostate Cancer Foundation, because of their many great contributions to prostate cancer research. Here is a sample of some of the exciting projects PCF is funding.

We're asking for your help—to kick a buck or two.

Every dollar counts, so even a $5 or $10 donation is deeply appreciated. When you donate to our Kilimanjaro climb, your tax-deductible contribution goes to the Prostate Cancer Foundation and the important work they're doing to find better PC screens, better therapies and the Holy Grail itself, a cure.

A WORD ABOUT OUR GROUP AND THE CLIMB...

Not being mountain climbers, we all began training a full year in advance. All of us are between ages 50 and 69, not-ancient-but. There's my all-in adventure buddy Roy Bleeker (nuclear engineer), and then the rest are family: my brother Kurt (IT sales guru), Ed Smith (retired law enforcement analyst), Mark Chelmowski (doctor), Chris Lundborg (super cop), David Rose (globe-trotting engineer), and my uncle Len Rose (print business owner who actually initiated the Kili climb idea last summer to kick off his retirement party. We'll see.).

We plan to hike the remote Lemosho Route over 8 days, slowly pushing into higher altitudes to acclimatize our bodies and avoid the dreaded AMS -- Acute Mountain Sickness. It's not a climb without risk, but we've hired expert guides, plus we're bringing along extra oxygen to toot on should things get dicey.

On the seventh day, after trekking through rainforest, arid scrubs, rock fields and scaling The Great Barranco Wall, we reach a final base camp at 15,500 feet. From there, at midnight, we start a six-hour assault up the final 4,000 feet -- under a full moon -- to summit at dawn. We'll take photos along the way and maybe write something up, although the alluring "The Snows of Kilimanjaro" seems to be taken.

Till then, we train -- running, slogging up Stairmasters and parking lot ramps, dragging a tire over a bridge and back (do what ya gotta do in flat South Fla), taking extra Celebrex -- getting ready for what I don't know.  Hopefully it'll satisfy a craving to climb a big rock -- and we'll do some good in the fight against prostate cancer.

Thanks for your support!

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To This Fundraiser

$1,000

MONEY RAISED
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  • Cynthia

    $25

  • Rodney Smith

    $125

  • Scott Lunsford

    $50

  • Elaine Ludwig

    $25

  • Dr. Douglas and Susan Keeler

    $50

  • Terri Chelmowski

    $25

  • Darlene Jack Norton

    $25

  • Ruth Rossini

    $50

  • Joanne Goggins Browne

    $25

  • Connie Smith-Kelley

    $100

  • Lois McGann

    $100

  • Deb and Brian Swartz

    $50

  • Nancy & Jim

    $25

  • Ken & Doris McGann

    $100

  • Patina and Rey Santo

    $50

  • Beth Green

    $100

  • Smith Family

    $75

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Fundraise for this Campaign

The Team: $4,710 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Steve Vogel

Amount Raised

$3,560

 

71% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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Ed Smith

Amount Raised

$1,000

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Michael Williams

Amount Raised

$100

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Tom Lisiewski

Amount Raised

$50

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David Rose

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Smith Family

Smith Family

DONATION: $75

5 years ago

Beth Green

Beth Green

DONATION: $100

Congratulations Uncle Ed and team !! Wow ! What an adventure ! 5 years ago

Patina and Rey Santo

Patina and Rey Santo

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Ken & Doris McGann

Ken & Doris McGann

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Nancy & Jim

Nancy & Jim

DONATION: $25

Go climb a mountain... 5 years ago

Deb and Brian Swartz

Deb and Brian Swartz

DONATION: $50

5 years ago

Lois McGann

Lois McGann

DONATION: $100

5 years ago

Connie Smith-Kelley

Connie Smith-Kelley

DONATION: $100

Go Dad! 5 years ago

Joanne Goggins Browne

Joanne Goggins Browne

DONATION: $25

In Memory of George Browne. Good luck Edward. 5 years ago

Ruth Rossini

Ruth Rossini

DONATION: $50

5 years ago