Climbers Against Cancer is a group that was first mentioned on this site in an interview with Shauna Coxsey, and if you’re on Facebook or Instagram odds are good that you’ve seen some well-known climbers sporting brightly colored shirts supporting the cause. But what is the cause and where did this come from? Planet Grimpe caught up with the inspiration for CAC, John Ellison, to find out more about his story and what he hopes to accomplish:
There are two sides to all this – if you are told there is no cure, you are not doing it for yourself. Time is not on my side but equally I’m not giving in. One day we may be able to cure it. The aim is to raise money around the world – money will be distributed internationally. If it is popular enough it will fund resources around the world, not just in the UK. The other aspect is awareness, as (not so much with friends now) but with some people there is an element of shock « Cancer…ooh ». So many people have changed their attitude around me – both kids and adults. If we can make cancer become a little more acceptable to talk about by raising awareness then we will have more chance of defeating it – at the moment it’s all a bit hush-hush and a dark, aggressive topic.