Robert Abramowitz, Ruth Walter, Katie Bernell and Cristin Bailey have made it 14,179 feet to the top of Mt. Shasta!
Ruth Walter lived only one mile away from Ground Zero on 9/11 and was breast feeding her daughter. After that catastrophe, she wondered about the environmental toxins that were released and what effect they might have on her. Almost eight years later in 2009, Ruth underwent treatment for stage 2 breast cancer. Ruth wanted to do something meaningful to mark 5 years since treatment. Go, Ruth!
Rob Abramowitz, of Frederick, Maryland is climbing in honor of his mother, a breast cancer survivor.
"In these past four years, my mother has shown our family what true courage and strength really is when faced with a terrifying situation. I'm happy to say that Mom has been cancer free since her treatment and I couldn't be prouder of her. The climb represents both a personal endeavor to honor the courage and strength my mother displayed while undergoing treatments and a collective effort to stop the disease before it starts."
Cristin Bailey is celebrating her birthday on the mountain and honoring her Grammy Tibbets who died after a five-year battle with breast cancer in 1987.
And Katie Bernell, who works in sales at Clif Bar & Co., is climbing in honor of two breast cancer survivors in her family: her grandmother and her aunt.
"Women may not be able to fully control their odds against this disease, from a genetic sense, however we do have the power to speak louder and create higher standards on what we put in our bodies, the chemicals we use in our beauty regimens, and the toxins that surround us in our homes and the world we live in."