Climbers Against Cancer

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.
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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.
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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.

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2 Responses to Climbers Against Cancer

  1. Morgan January 17, 2013 at 11:18 am #

    Can someone enlighten me as to what he is saying about Cancer being a dark aggressive hush hush topic. Does he mean in the UK? In America I feel like we do a great job initiating awareness and at least in my region we are all very open about the topic and talk about it with a sense of hope for the future. This is maybe just my own personal experiences with cancer though. Regardless his initiative is a worthy one, I’m just confused by his comments.

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