Strength, courage, facing adversities and finding the power from within to continue — these are just a few of the qualities that women fighting breast cancer call upon daily. To honor those attributes and to raise awareness of the research that has been done and still needs to be done in the area of breast cancer, a group of local mountaineers joined others to climb Oregon’s Mt. Hood last weekend.
“It was quite an adventure,” said Mike Leum.
The climb was part of a fundraiser for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
“Private donations made through the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer make possible new research on the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease,” said Christi Ball Loso of the research center.
The climb began at midnight June 6 and continued into the early morning hours of June 7. The group of 25 included four members of the Montrose Search and Rescue Team: Leum, Dr. John Rodarte, Robert Sheedy and Lyle Koegler. La Cañada pediatric dentist Dr. Keith Serxner also joined them.