For James, breast cancer hits close to home. His mom died from the disease in 2009 when James was in his late twenties and less than five years later his step mom was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer.
“It was devastating having to deal with it again,” James said. “It was really tough.”
His step mom still has a few more rounds of chemo, but is remaining strong.
These experiences with breast cancer have made James more cognizant about the choices we make in our everyday lives including what we consume, buy and use.
“I don’t preach it to other people, but it’s great to work with other organizations that have that same agenda.”
James finds solace in the outdoors and does everything from kiteboarding to mountain biking to snowboarding.
“When you’re out in nature it connects you to the land. If there are pesticides, you’re breathing them in. Things that affect your playground become an issue and affect you.”
Though he’s rockclimbed and bouldered before, Mt. Shasta will be his first mountaineering experience. “I’m super excited to get on some crampons and join my team on the mountain.”