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Climb To Fight Breast Cancer offers peaks for every skill level

SEATTLE — June 2,2009 — An ever-expanding selection of mountains offers Climb to Fight Breast Cancer® participants new expeditions for fun and challenge while benefiting Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.      
The Climb recently added to its international slate of peaks with an expedition to central Mexico to ascend Pico de Orizaba (18,850 feet) and Ixtaccíhuatl (17,343 feet), known together as the "Volcanoes of Mexico";  next year the choices will include Mount Shasta in California.

The Climb to Fight Breast Cancer's international and domestic mountain choices enables outdoor enthusiasts of all skill levels to challenge themselves in honor or memory of loved ones who have battled breast cancer – or to celebrate a personal victory over the disease.        

Peaks for the 2009 season include:

• Mount Adams in Washington (12,276 feet)
• Mount Baker in Washington (10,781 feet)
• Mount Elbrus in Russia (18,510 feet)
• Mount Hood in Oregon (11,237 feet)
• Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (19,340 feet)
• Mount Rainier in Washington (14,411 feet)
• Volcanoes of Mexico (18,850 and 17,343 feet)

The "Volcanoes" climb will take place in October and November; the rest are scheduled for the summer months.

Professional guides from Alpine Ascents International (AAI) will lead expeditions to the Mexican volcanoes, Mount Elbrus, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Rainier and Mount Baker.  Guides from Portland Parks & Recreation will lead teams up Mount Adams and Mount Hood. A full schedule of peaks, climb dates and routes can be found at Climb to Fight Breast Cancer.

Each climb will have a limited number of team members – generally nine or 10 – as established by the guide services. Each participant commits to a fundraising minimum of $3,000 to $10,000, depending on the mountain.
Since the first Climb to Fight Breast Cancer 12 years ago on Mount Adams, the popular fundraiser has garnered more than $4.1 million for the cause of breast-cancer research at the Hutchinson Center.                 
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death among women in the United States. The Hutchinson Center is at the forefront of breast-cancer research that enables women and men to lead fuller, healthier lives. More information on the research can be found at the Breast Cancer webpage.

People interested in participating in the 2009 Climb to Fight Breast Cancer may obtain information at Climb to Fight Breast Cancer webpage.

Christi Ball Loso
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
(206) 667-5215

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