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Climbers conquer Mount Shasta, Mount Hood

Survivors’ Climb to Fight Breast Cancer story may inspire you to join a climb to support Center research

June 20, 2011
Kristin Peterson, Lynn Lippert and Nikki Milonas

It was a personal Climb to Fight Breast Cancer for survivor summit team members: (from left) Kristin Peterson, Lynn Lippert and Nikki Milonas.

Photo by Colin Stapp

The Hutchinson Center’s Climb to Fight Breast Cancer kicked off an exciting climb season with teams scaling Mount Shasta, May 27-29, and Mount Hood, June 11-12.

In the first expedition tailored for cancer survivors, Kristin Peterson, Nikki Milonas and Lynn Lippert made the 11,237-foot summit of Mount Hood. Wearing matching pink jackets and carrying pink ice axes, the three stood above the clouds and watched the sun rise over sweeping views of the Cascades.

Lippert, 68, a two-time survivor of breast cancer who is currently receiving treatment for bone cancer, said she cried at the summit because she was so happy to be back climbing. See the story as reported by KOMO’s Denise Whitaker, who has participated in the Climb since 2005.

summit of Mount Hood

Climb to Fight Breast Cancer team members stand above the clouds at the summit of Mount Hood.

Photo by Colin Stapp

Since it was established 14 years ago, the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer has raised more than $6 million for the Center’s breast cancer research.

Climb to Fight Breast Cancer treks include training in mountaineering skills by professional guides. The Climb to Fight Breast Cancer peaks are:

  • Mount Adams
  • Mount Baker
  • Denali
  • Mount Elbrus in Russia
  • Mount Hood
  • Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
  • Mount Olympus
  • Mount Rainier
  • Mount Shasta
  • The Volcanoes of Mexico

Several of those climbs are still open to participants; in addition, registration has begun for next year’s climbs. Climb organizers encourage any faculty and staff members who may be interested in climbing to email cfbc@fhcrc.org or visit www.fhcrc.org/climb for more information.

Look for future Center News dispatches from Climb teams throughout the summer.

Climbers scaled Mount Shasta May 27-29.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is a world leader in research to prevent, detect and treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases.