|**News and Events: 3 Mountains. 3 Days. 1 Cure.|
|Mon, April 30, 2007 01:28 PM|
3 Mountains. 3 Days. 1 Cure.Two local climbers have embarked upon a quest to climb, summit and ski down three peaks in three days, starting the week of May 7. The three peaks - Glacier Peak, Mt. Adams, and Mt. Baker - are among the tallest peaks in the state, and lie within an area that almost stretches from border to border. The climbers are attempting this phenomenal effort in support of the American Cancer Society, and hope to receive 100 pledges of $15 ($5 per mountain) to donate to the society.|
Below is a letter from Mark Horoszowski, who, along with Jesse Durrance, will attempt the three climbs in three days:
"In Washington State alone this year, over 28,000 people will be diagnosed with cancer, and over 11,000 will lose the battle. To put these numbers in perspective, over 72 people per day last year heard the words 'You have cancer,' and of those, 31 will succumb to this disease. Nationally, over 1,500 people per day pass away due to cancer. In our lifetimes, 1 in every 2 males and 1 in every 3 females will be diagnosed with cancer.
But there is HOPE. As terrible as cancer is, survival rates have dramatically increased through the promotion of early detection and healthier life styles.
The seemingly impossible can be done.
3 mountains. 3 days. 1 cure
During the 2nd week of May, a dedicated team of two, Mark Horoszowski and Jesse Durrance, will embark to climb over 26,000 vertical feet and ski the same amount in three consecutive days by scaling three of Washingtons tallest peaks: Mt. Adams, Mt. Baker, and Glacier Peak as a symbolic fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.
The challenge of climbing and skiing down these 3 mountains in 3 straight days, 72 consecutive hours, while notable, is nothing compared to the daily challenge cancer patients face, subject to the ongoing hardship of treatment, surgery, therapy, and personal struggle. Climbing and skiing these 3 peaks in 3 days also seems to be an impossible feat. In our quest to climb and ski these peaks, we hope to symbolize the everyday challenges of the uphill battle faced by cancer patients, and send a message of HOPE to those fighting the battle that the seemingly impossible can be done.
More information on Who we are and What we are doing can be found online at www.1in2.org
Please consider supporting us with a donation in our quest to raise money for Cancer Research and Lifestyle Education in our symbolic quest to support the fight against Cancer.
Our goal, before going on this climb, is to raise $1500 by reaching out to 100 people, and collecting just $5 for every peak we summit - only $15 per person. 15 also happens to be the amount of minutes needed to help save your life or the life of a loved one. Please take 15 minutes to check out our healthy living page.
Over 1/3 of the newly diagnosed 1.4 million cancer cases in 2007 will be attributed to lifestyle choices. And of those diagnosed, survival rates would be higher by up to 20% through early detection!
All money raised will benefit the American Cancer Society by being donated to the Relay For Life at the University of Washington.
Live healthy, and don't forget to check yourself!
Thank you for your time, and even more so, for your support!
Mark Horoszowski and Jesse Durrance"