Mt. Rainier, Washington (PRWEB) September 29, 2011
Climbers from the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Climb For Five reached the summit of Mt. Rainier, Washington State’s highest point, shortly after 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 21, 2011.
The Climb For Five of Mt. Rainier, led by Rainier Mountaineering, Inc. (RMI) Guide Linden Mallory, took place over five days; each day honored one of the five 2011 St. Baldrick’s Ambassador Kids, symbolizing the harsh reality that one in five children will lose their battle with cancer. Each of the children is in different stages of treatment and each represents a different form of cancer. The climbers carried keepsakes from the children throughout the climb. “We faced an array of challenging weather and climbing conditions during the climb, from crevasse crossings to strong winds” reports Mallory. “The Climb for Five climbers not only managed those difficulties well but also inspired other climbers with their cause. We are honored to be a part of their efforts.”
The Climb for Five plans to team up with RMI Expeditions to tackle the remaining Seven Summits, the tallest mountain on each of the world’s seven continents. With Africa’s Kilimanjaro completed last year, the climbers will attempt Russia’s Mt. Elbrus in August of 2012. "Climb For Five / St. Baldrick's is excited to have found a company as professional as RMI who have as much a passion for our cause as they do the mountains” said Patrick McCarrick, the team leader and founder of the Climb for Five. “We look forward to building that relationship as we conquer more mountains, just as the kids and families who suffer from cancer and its treatments conquer their mountains every day.”
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer-driven charity committed to funding the most promising research to find cures for childhood cancers and give survivors long and healthy lives. The Foundation funds more in childhood cancer research grants than any organization except the U.S. government. St. Baldrick’s funds are granted to some of the most brilliant childhood cancer research experts in the world and to younger professionals who will be the experts of tomorrow. Funds awarded also enable hundreds of local institutions to participate in national pediatric cancer clinical trials, a child’s best hope for a cure. Since the Foundation’s first grants as an independent charity in 2005, St. Baldrick’s has funded more than $76 million in childhood cancer research. For more information about the St. Baldrick’s Foundation please call 1.888.899.BALD or visit http://www.StBaldricks.org.
Climb for Five is a group of climbers who are attempting a different summit every year to raise money and awareness for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation and to honor the Foundation’s 5 Ambassador Kids. http://www.climbforfive.com
Rainier Mountaineering, Inc (RMI Expeditions) is one of America's most reputable and long-standing guide services with over 42 years of mountain guiding experience. An American Mountain Guiding Association (AMGA) accredited guide service specializing in mountaineering expeditions, alpine climbing, trekking and ski touring programs, RMI is committed to leading exceptional mountain adventures. http://www.rmiguides.com