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Prostate cancer veterans and their supporters will be challenged by “The Snows of Kilimanjaro”

Prostate Cancer Research Institute, one of the leading research and educational support organizations in America, announced preparations are underway for the Second Hap Weyman Memorial Prostate Cancer Climb in September 2003.

PCRI led a team of fourteen climbers, including five with prostate cancer, up Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina in 2001, the start of a unique fundraising and awareness movement known as the Prostate Cancer Climb. The 22,840-foot Mt. Aconcagua is the highest mountain in the Western Hemisphere. Mt. Kilimanjaro, the fabled 19,400-foot peak in Tanzania, will be the next high-altitude target for these dedicated men as they inch closer toward their goal of raising $1 million for prostate cancer research and education.

“Prostate cancer has epidemic proportions in America, affecting one out of three families,” said Glenn Weaver, PCRI Executive Director. “Every 90 seconds another man is told he has prostate cancer. It’s also being found in younger and younger men. This year, one of five men diagnosed will be under the age of 60.  We want to inspire those men with the disease that there is hope, and prove to them that a rich and rewarding life is possible after diagnosis.”

The Prostate Cancer Climb is a groundbreaking effort established three years ago by Dr. Terry Weyman, a Los Angeles chiropractor whose father, Hollywood television director Hap Weyman, died of the of the disease in 1990. Weyman’s goal: To show that prostate cancer needn’t be a death sentence and that through proper awareness and education, prevention can be possible. The cancer survivors on Weyman’s first expedition learned not to set limits, and that perhaps they could even climb a tall mountain.

The tradition continues with the upcoming Mt. Kilimanjaro challenge. Donations are currently being sought from individuals and corporations across the country in the name of the Climb’s Hap Weyman fund.

“The high altitude climb is a gritty task in itself, and for those who have the disease the challenge becomes harder,” said Ken Malik, a prostate cancer survivor who took part in the Mt. Aconcagua expedition and who plans to tackle Kilimanjaro as well. “To get our message across, we need the support of one and all.”

In order to make the journey to Mt. Kilimanjaro, each climber is required to raise at least $2,000. By supporting the climbers and the PCRI (a 501.C3 not-for-profit educational and research support organization), individual and corporate donors will be recognized on the Climb Website and will have their names acknowledged in a flag salute at the Kilimanjaro summit.

Donors will rest in the knowledge that they’ve contributed to a most worthwhile cause. With an estimated 31,000 deaths in 2002, prostate cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death in men.

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