Second Annual Nationwide Mountain Climbing Event to Help Fight Cancer
1 April 2007 - Gainesville, FL - The Climb For Cancer Foundation announces its second annual nationwide mountain climbing event on June 23, 2007 to raise funds in order to help in the fight against cancer.
The event, known as "50-50-1" will include climbing teams in all 50 states in the US, scaling the highest peak in each state on the same day. Each team will raise money in their area, which will in turn help to fund important research to find a cure for cancer, provide patient support services, and give a child with cancer the opportunity to attend Camp Sunshine. 50-50-1 stands for 50 states, 50 peaks, one goal.
Last year's event raised more than $90,000, which in turn was donated to major cancer centers and two different camps for children with cancer.
Ron Farb, one of the founders of the Climb For Cancer Foundation, is proud of the accomplishments of last year's "50-50-1" event, but hopes to raise even more money to fight the disease this year. "Last year was a great success in that we were, at least to my knowledge, the first group to ever put 48 teams on the highest peaks in the US all on the same day," explains Farb. "The other two peaks were reached over the next two days due to their difficulty. The point is, we have a great opportunity as a nation to join together and raise hundreds of thousands of dollars to fight cancer, all while enjoying the beauty of this great land. I think this year we will see our fundraising reach new heights because I think more and more people are realizing they too can make a difference."
The Climb For Cancer Foundation was started by Ron and Dianne Farb to combine Ron's love for mountain climbing with their desire to see an end to cancer. The Foundation acquires sponsors and donations in support of their mountain climbing expeditions, and then uses the money raised to help fund cancer research and support services. Ron has climbed five of the seven summits, the highest peaks on each continent, raising more than $500,000 in the past few years. For more information on the Climb For Cancer Foundation, go to www.cfc-foundation.org.