Seattle Chocolates Donates $20,000 to the Fred Hutchinson Research Center

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Seattle Chocolates supports breast cancer awareness through sales of select truffle bars, but this year they took their efforts several thousand feet further. This summer, Jean Thompson (owner and CEO), Niel Campbell (President) and Joe Slye (Controller) successfully made it to the 19,339ft summit of Mt Kilimanjaro and raised money for the Fred Hutchinson Center’s Climb for the Cure.

"There is no goal too big or too audacious if you take it in little tiny steps and take it slowly enough.”

Seattle Chocolates announces its donation of $20,000 to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. The company supports breast cancer awareness through sales of select truffle bars, but this year they took their efforts several thousand feet further. This summer, Jean Thompson (owner and CEO), Niel Campbell (President) and Joe Slye (Controller) successfully made it to the 19,339ft summit of Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa. Their climb raised money for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center’s Climb for the Cure.

Crowned by eternal snows at 19,340 ft, the mighty Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world and dominates its landscape unlike any other. Located in Tanzania, this extinct volcano looms over five ecosystems and large game reserves; its dramatic terrain is certainly one of the world's most impressive sights.

There are many reasons why people climb. For Jean, it was the double goal of a personal challenge and doing something positive for a cause near to her heart. “My aunt died after a 14 year long battle with breast cancer and my daughter's paternal grandmother died young from the same leaving two young children. I have a personal vendetta against that disease,” says Jean Thompson. “While the Hutch is local, it is nationally recognized as an amazing cancer research center and this climb gives me the opportunity to contribute in a significant way.”
“The climb is a huge audacious personal goal for me. I'm not an extreme fitness buff nor a hiker or climber. I turned 50 last summer and decided I could use a lofty goal to push me out of my comfort zone and take me to the next level of fitness. I've also enjoyed the time climbing and tackling this goal with Joe and Niel. I feel I know them on a different level now and I believe it's good for Seattle Chocolates.”

Reflecting on the climb, Jean says that she has learned a lot about herself - and reaffirmed something she already knew from the business world - "there is no goal too big or too audacious if you take it in little tiny steps and take it slowly enough.”

This year, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Climb to Fight Breast Cancer® enters its 14th year. To date, over 625 climbers have taken on this adventure, over $5.1 million dollars has been raised for life saving research, and over 15,000 donors have contributed.

About Seattle Chocolate Company

Founded in 1991, Seattle Chocolates is a woman owned company headed by CEO and owner Jean Thompson, based in Seattle Washington. We at Seattle Chocolates believe that chocolate shouldn’t be bitter or over sweet. Without adding sugar to cover harsh flavor notes or tannins, we start with only the highest quality chocolate, carefully tempered to create a creamy, meltaway texture. As a result our truffles and truffle bars are always balanced and smooth, not cloying. We then search the globe for the finest ingredients to create unique but approachable flavor combinations that are 100% natural, crafted locally and Kosher certified. Seattle Chocolates is actively involved in supporting local non-profit organizations focused on women, children and cancer, such as Gilda’s Club Seattle and City of Hope. Specific products are dedicated to raising money to fight breast cancer. 100% of the profits from Survivor Chick and the Extreme Dark Chocolate bar go toward this effort. Seattle Chocolates products are sold in select retailers throughout the country, at Seattle Chocolates new retail store and online at http://www.seattlechocolates.com.

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