Mar 28, 2013

Doing our part: CAC - Climbers Against Cancer

If your Easter activities have involved getting ‘out and about’ in the hills and enjoying the great outdoors, the mountain fashionistas amongst you may have noticed some brightly coloured t-shirts dotting the landscapes with huge contrasting font reading, ‘CAC’ – or rather, ‘Climbers Against Cancer’.

Cancer. A word that so many people are terrified of. Cancer will affect every single person in the world, directly or indirectly. Cancer used to be thought of as the end of a life but now we have found ways to treat it – research into new treatments, tools and services continues to bring people hope for tomorrow. This shows that we can find the cure. And we can use our skills to help as much as possible.

I’m very proud to have had the opportunity to support ‘Climbers Against Cancer’, brainchild of the whirlwind that is John Ellison. In October 2011 John was told he had advanced terminal cancer and instead of hanging his head he decided to make the most of the time he has left, one of his favourite quotes being: 

"You can't do anything about the length of your life, but you can do something about it's width and depth". 

Rather than giving up on life he decided to start fighting! John’s vision was to raise not just money but awareness about cancer within the climbing community.

Whilst at a meeting with the Sherpa Adventure Gear team here in the UK a few weeks ago we did our part to show our support… and will jointly continue to raise awareness about this fantastic cause during forthcoming expeditions to Nepal and climbs throughout Europe. Many thanks to Mark Richardson for organising the photo shoot and to Kenton Cool and Neil Gresham for showing their support..!

"Life is not measured by the breaths we take, but rather by the moments that take our breath away"

You can order your own t-shirt and support this incredible cause by visiting the website,  So please, go and get a shirt in your favourite colour and then upload your pictures of you wearing them wherever that might be on the CAC website. Spread the word, spread the awareness, it’s time for the whole climbing community to step up…!


Post a Comment