SUMMIT ACHIEVED IN SUPPORT OF CANCER RESEARCH!
In February 2015, SWOG Cancer Research Chair Dr. Charles D. Blanke climbed Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the importance of cancer clinical trials and to bring attention to dwindling federal funding for the National Cancer Institute and its National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN).
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What Supporters Said…
|Francoise and Jeff Abrams||Chuck,
Best of luck - we will be thinking of you!
|Taiwo Akande||Gooooooooooooo Charles. You can do it!!!! You will do it!!!!!!!!|
|Meg Allen||The climb of a lifetime for a very worthy cause. Be safe, David! Meg and Chuck|
|David Ames||Good luck Chuck!!! Remember these messages when you're making that final push in the oxygen starved environment in the last 1000 meters.|
|Karen Anderson||Have a safe trip and thanks for representing so many!|
|Anonymous||Dr. Blanke, thank you for doing this - you are an inspiration!!|
|Anonymous||You'll be in our hearts and on our minds as you take this awesome adventure. We're rooting for you!|
|Anonymous||In memory of my father who died of pancreatic cancer in 1985.|
|Anonymous||I appreciate your research and hope this gift will help to find a cure for this devastating cancer.|
|Anonymous||So sorry you have to raise your own research funds but thank you. We need to get our priorities straight in this country. Have a great and safe climb!|
|Anonymous||In honor of Charles' effort on the climb. Great job.|
|Anonymous||You're smart and tough. I know you can do it.|
|Anonymous||KEEP UP THE GREAT WORK, PLEASE!!!|
|Anonymous||Stay safe and have the experience of your lives!
In memory of my brother and sister who both died of pancreatic cancer recently.
|Anonymous||The journey of 1000 miles beings with a single step. I wish you many safe steps in your journey for a great cause.|
|Anonymous||Good luck Chuck. Stay safe, and keep being awesome.|
|Connie Barnes||I wish Dr. Blanke the best of luck in his climb and am honored to work as a SWOG employee under his direction. I look forward to SWOG's future with Dr. Blanke at the helm. He is taking SWOG to great heights.|
|Tom Beer||Good luck Chuck!|
|Dianne Bell||Dr. Blanke,
Debbie Sannes (a daughter, a sister, a mother & grandmother) loved working with you at OHSU. After losing her battle to ovarian cancer we know this is where she'd would want our support to go to. We CAN conquer cancer - Together We Achieve!!! Thank you for all you do!
The Emmons/Sannes/Hornsby/Bell Family
|Joseph Bendo||In honor of my friends and family who have dealt or are dealing with this horrible disease, and especially for those who have passed.|
|Monica Bertagnolli||Good luck - we're behind you all the way!|
|Timothy Bonfield||Cancer may be a mountain, but even the tallest mountain can be climbed. Proud to support such a noble quest!|
|Angela Bratton||Climb safely and successfully then kick some cancer a**!|
|Julie Brinker||We need more people like you in the world. Best of luck to you on your incredible journey.|
|William Charters||Dr. Blanke - You will be successful, one step at a time. If you need someone on your support team, let me know.|
|Debra Christie||Thank you for raising awareness of the need to support cancer clinical trials. What a way to do it!|
|Laurie Connable||Excellent! Such important work! Blessings and aloha from Hawaii :)|
|Alan Cordle||In memory of sister, Veronica Villegas Martinez, and our mothers, Virginia M. Cordle and Maria Isidra Martinez Moreno.|
|Mary Correro||In honor of my niece who is fighting metastatic melanoma in a clinical trial at Dana Farber Cancer Ctr. in Boston---WINNING!!!|
|Christopher Crum||What a great way to raise awareness|
|Erica Degenhardt||Good luck Brett and Dr. Blanke!|
|Lee Ellis||You better make it! And make it back as well!|
|Louis Fehrenbacher||Congratulations on your climb! One relentless step after another. Our patients and SWOG members thank you.|
|Wendy Feen||So proud of you!|
|Laura Finkel||Thank you from a very old friend of Pete Farmers! I have lost most of my family to one kind of cancer or another. Research is the key!
|Bryan Foster||Brett and Chuck - Good luck. Thank you for your tireless fight against cancer.|
|Ellen Gass||Whoot! Whoot! Go Chuck!! You tread the hell all over that mountain and that disease!|
|Alan Gelman||We are so proud of you Chuckie. Climb safe and raise a ton of money. We hope some is directed towards Triple Negative Breast Cancer, we need all of the clinical trials we can get. Love you, cuz. Elise & Alan, Mikey & Jenny, Lukas, Jackie & Elle Gelman.|
|Cynthia Geoghegan||thank you for your commitment to patients!|
|Sharlene Gill||Way to go Chuck - it will be amazing, just remember Pole, Pole!|
|Keith Goodman||Dr. Blanke - We're inspired by your quest of climbing Kilimanjaro which exemplifies the effort needed to conquer cancer. These words from famous Seattle mountain climber Jim Whittaker may have said it best: "Being out on the edge, with everything at risk, is where you learn and grow the most."|
|Davilla Gose||Thank you Dr. Sheppard for giving my husband, Eddie Gose, such wonderful care. You are an incredible surgeon and person. I am forever grateful for you kindness and support. Good luck on your climb!|
|Eddie Gose||Dr. Sheppard - You are an inspiration to those battling pancreatic cancer. I am confident that having you on my team gives me the best fighting chance against cancer. Best of luck on your climb! Thank you for doing what you do everyday.|
|Anna Gottlieb||Thank you Dr. Blanke for doing this. It means so much to all of us. You rock!|
|Julie Gralow||One step at a time!|
|Joan Gratton||Way to go CHUCK!! You are an inspiration!!
I am grateful to have you as a friend and I am so very proud of you!!!
Wish I could have joined!!!
|Rick and Vickie Grimshaw||In memory of Lee Ann Gaidlauskas, who perished from Pancreatic Cancer December, 2014|
|Janet Halverson||Best of luck with this very worthwhile cause!|
|David Hamilton||Very essential!!|
|Elisabeth Heath||In honor of all cancer patients.|
|Dawn Hershman||In honor of Kevin's birthday!|
|Fernanda Felicia Heyworth||Keep up the awesome work!|
|Howard Hochster||Super Chuck with super-accomplishment. Summiting and leading SWOG to new summits.|
|Eric Hoem||Great work - keep it up!|
|Antje Hoering||Be safe!|
|John Holland||Good Luck Chuck and Brett!
|Donna Housand||Good luck Dr. Blanke. Researchers like you are hard to find - your commitment is inspiring.|
|Lara Kirts||Chuck - Wishing you the climb of a lifetime and lots of $$$$ for cancer research!|
|Mark Kreider||Thanks for doing this.|
|Jeff Lane||good luck on the climb|
|Wendy Lawton||You're our hero! So proud of your hard work and your commitment to science and the people it serves. You really are admirable.
P.S. Lucy wishes you luck.
|Michael LeBlanc||Dr. Blanke,
This is a great idea. Thank you for taking SWOG to new heights!
|Howard Lim||Good luck Chuck!|
|Joanne Lynch||Thank you to Dr. Charles Blanke and all the other dedicated healthcare professionals for your work in treating and curing cancer. Enjoy the climb! Joanne Lynch & Kathy Dobbins|
|Sandy McDonald||Great job! Great OHSU docs!!!|
|Gabriela Mora||Dear Dr. Blanke, you are such an inspiration! I hope you make it - excellent!! Good luck!|
|Therese Mulvey||Good luck Chuck. Be safe!!|
|Lloyd & Maureen Musser||In support of Dale Crockatt, cancer trials participant|
|Craig Nichols||Thanks to Dr. Blanke and The Hope Foundation for raising awareness for clinical trials. Much needed.|
|Robin Parker||Happy to contribute to this great endeavor, Chuck. Thanks so much for your generous expertise when Andy's dad was sick. > Robin and Andy|
|Peter Pavlovich||Go Chuck Go!|
|Sharon Perlman||Thanks for all that you do. Be safe!|
|Dan & Michelle Phillips||For Bill Goodness and his courageous fight against Multiple Myeloma.|
|Naomi Price||Keep on climbing, Chuck. And Brett.|
|Maria Procopio-Demas||Thank you for your commitment to help people with cancer.|
|Joe, Debby, Sam and Rosalyn Radakovich||We are so proud of you, David, for literally putting your life where your heart is. Your dedication and strength to Trish has been beautiful and uplifting to all involved in her progress. If you come back too skinny I'm sure Trish will fatten you right up!!!!|
|Thavendra Rajah||Dr. Blanke, your effort will definitely raise awareness and the fund. Best wishes!|
|Jimmy Rae||"Because it's there"|
|Sue Rosenbloom||A tribute for cancer patient, Dale Crockett|
|Russell Rudd||Glad to contribute to the cause.|
|Mark Schofield||Challenge accepted.|
|Scotty Schumann||"Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory." - Ed Viesturs
Good luck Chuck, great cause!
|Louise Scott||Very inspiring and here's hoping this brings awareness for your research. Have an amazing climb.|
|Julie Sheppard||Safe climb, Paige, Scott and Julie Sheppard.|
|Abby Siegel||Good luck Chuck!|
|Nancy Snell||Best wishes and prayers, and THANK YOU for "Climbing for a Cure"!|
|Maureen Statland||I think it's amazing that you're doing this!|
|Sharon Stine||Go for it, Chuck!!|
|Susan Stone||My dear husband died of pancreatic cancer, so my hopes and dreams are climbing with you. You are already heroes and winners whether or not you reach the summit! Have a great climb!|
|Cathy Tangen||Good luck!|
|Dena Vangelisti||Our family is rooting for you and your work!
|Tracy Waechter||Go kick some cancer in the rear and have fun!|
|Jaime Walters||Please continue the fight!|
|Leslie Weissenstein||I am honored to help support Dr. Blanke in this cause: he has brought so much to SWOG & I wish him luck in his climb!!|
|Jack and Denise Welch||Best of luck on the climb and thanks for your dedication!|
|Siu Fun Wong||Go Chuck!!!! The team will be right behind you.|
|Dale Wood||Brett: Thanks for the good job on the Whipple over three years ago. We certainly support your cause. Dale and Joan Wood|
|Peter Yu||Watch out for that last step!|