Climbing for cancer

by TOI Admin May 23, 2011

Local physicians plan to climb highest mountain in Africa for cancer

 

 

Two of The Orthopaedic Institute’s physicians have recently accepted the challenge to climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro, as part of the Climb for Cancer Foundation’s Kilimanjaro Expedition. In July, Edward M. Jaffe, M.D., board certified orthopaedic surgeon, and James W. Berk, M.D., board certified sports medicine physician, will climb the 19,340-foot extinct volcano to metaphorically overcome the obstacle of cancer and to raise funds to positively impact the lives of local cancer patients and their families.

 

Dr. Jaffe and Dr. Berk are preparing both physically and fiscally, as they frequent the gym and are hard at work to fundraise for the cause.

 

“Although it is difficult to prepare for the high altitude, I am conditioning my legs to train for the variety of inclines we will encounter,” said Dr. Jaffe. “Most important, I am advocating the cause and reaching out to my personal network to raise awareness and money.”

 

The minimum fundraising goal for each team member is $10,000. Traditionally, half of the funds raised go toward the cost of the expedition; however, both physicians have committed to covering the cost of the climb, which means every dollar they raise will benefit the foundation.

 

“Reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro is only half of our goal. We also have a goal to raise $50,000 for the Climb for Cancer Foundation,” said Dr. Berk.

 

The Climb for Cancer Foundation funds research grants, gives children the opportunity to attend cancer support camps and offers psycho-social programs, which provide support to cancer patients and their families. The Foundation aims to fill in the cracks left by organizations that make much larger gifts.

 

Dr. Jaffe and Dr. Berk are raising funds through personalized Climb for Cancer websites, e-mails and letters to friends and family, and other individual campaigns. To find out more information about the climb, visit www.cfc-foundation.org.


 

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