Cancer. Possibly the worst word you can hear in the world. It can spell a death sentence and reflect agonizing pain and physical Deterioration.
This year, more than any other, cancer has pushed into my life and impacted those I care about. From the beginning of the year when I found a young friend of mine was battling thyroid cancer through to the discovery on the day of my return from a two month European road trip that my Father had pancreatic cancer. A cancer we were soon to find out was terminal.
So what does this have to do with The Circuit I hear you ask?
During my European trip my friend and European correspondent Natalie introduced me to John Ellison, a man she’s known for much of her life as a young British climber. John found out last year that he had prostate cancer and that it was terminal. Facing such horrible news it would be easy to turn in on yourself and wallow in self pity but John railed against the cancer. Seeing cancers impact on people’s lives he decided he was going to fight it through the avenue he knew best. Climbing and climbers!
John founded the charity Climbers Against Cancer (CAC) initially just selling tee shirts to raise awareness and funds for the fight against cancer. Over the course of the last year, through John’s tireless commitment to the cause and his belief that cancer can be beaten, CAC has grown into a major charity raising a great deal of money which is being donated to research facilities around the world battling the disease.
There have been two major donations already, the first in Australia at the National Lead Champs and the second at the IFSC Lead World Cup recently held in Briançon. Through these donations and the many to come, CAC is channeling the efforts of climbers in the fight against cancer and it’s great to see the extent the climbing community is uniting behind the cause.
So wanting to contribute more into the fight against cancer myself (and already owning several CAC tees) I decided the The Circuit was going to do its bit and we will be donating $1 for every copy sold to CAC. I’m excited that I can be in the position to help raise awareness of this amazing cause and would urge you all to get behind CAC, check out the site http://www.climbersagainstcancer.org/ and do your bit in the fight against cancer!