Climbers at Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro

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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Francoise and Jeff AbramsChuck,

Best of luck - we will be thinking of you!
Taiwo AkandeGooooooooooooo Charles. You can do it!!!! You will do it!!!!!!!!
Meg AllenThe climb of a lifetime for a very worthy cause. Be safe, David! Meg and Chuck
David AmesGood luck Chuck!!! Remember these messages when you're making that final push in the oxygen starved environment in the last 1000 meters.
Karen AndersonHave a safe trip and thanks for representing so many!
AnonymousDr. Blanke, thank you for doing this - you are an inspiration!!
AnonymousYou'll be in our hearts and on our minds as you take this awesome adventure. We're rooting for you!
AnonymousIn memory of my father who died of pancreatic cancer in 1985.
AnonymousI appreciate your research and hope this gift will help to find a cure for this devastating cancer.
AnonymousSo 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!
AnonymousIn honor of Charles' effort on the climb. Great job.
AnonymousYou're smart and tough. I know you can do it.
AnonymousStay safe and have the experience of your lives!

In memory of my brother and sister who both died of pancreatic cancer recently.
AnonymousThe journey of 1000 miles beings with a single step. I wish you many safe steps in your journey for a great cause.
AnonymousGood luck Chuck. Stay safe, and keep being awesome.
Connie BarnesI 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 BeerGood luck Chuck!
Dianne BellDr. 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 BendoIn honor of my friends and family who have dealt or are dealing with this horrible disease, and especially for those who have passed.
Monica BertagnolliGood luck - we're behind you all the way!
Timothy BonfieldCancer may be a mountain, but even the tallest mountain can be climbed. Proud to support such a noble quest!
Angela BrattonClimb safely and successfully then kick some cancer a**!
Julie BrinkerWe need more people like you in the world. Best of luck to you on your incredible journey.
William ChartersDr. Blanke - You will be successful, one step at a time. If you need someone on your support team, let me know.
Debra ChristieThank you for raising awareness of the need to support cancer clinical trials. What a way to do it!
Laurie ConnableExcellent! Such important work! Blessings and aloha from Hawaii :)
Alan CordleIn memory of sister, Veronica Villegas Martinez, and our mothers, Virginia M. Cordle and Maria Isidra Martinez Moreno.
Mary CorreroIn honor of my niece who is fighting metastatic melanoma in a clinical trial at Dana Farber Cancer Ctr. in Boston---WINNING!!!
Christopher CrumWhat a great way to raise awareness
Erica DegenhardtGood luck Brett and Dr. Blanke!
Lee EllisYou better make it! And make it back as well!
Louis FehrenbacherCongratulations on your climb! One relentless step after another. Our patients and SWOG members thank you.
Wendy FeenSo proud of you!
Laura FinkelThank 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 FosterBrett and Chuck - Good luck. Thank you for your tireless fight against cancer.
Ellen GassWhoot! Whoot! Go Chuck!! You tread the hell all over that mountain and that disease!
Alan GelmanWe 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 Geogheganthank you for your commitment to patients!
Sharlene GillWay to go Chuck - it will be amazing, just remember Pole, Pole!
Keith GoodmanDr. 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 GoseThank 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 GoseDr. 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 GottliebThank you Dr. Blanke for doing this. It means so much to all of us. You rock!
Julie GralowOne step at a time!
Joan GrattonWay 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 GrimshawIn memory of Lee Ann Gaidlauskas, who perished from Pancreatic Cancer December, 2014
Janet HalversonBest of luck with this very worthwhile cause!
David HamiltonVery essential!!
Elisabeth HeathIn honor of all cancer patients.
Dawn HershmanIn honor of Kevin's birthday!
Fernanda Felicia HeyworthKeep up the awesome work!
Howard HochsterSuper Chuck with super-accomplishment. Summiting and leading SWOG to new summits.
Eric HoemGreat work - keep it up!
Antje HoeringBe safe!
John HollandGood Luck Chuck and Brett!
OHSU Represent!!
Donna HousandGood luck Dr. Blanke. Researchers like you are hard to find - your commitment is inspiring.
Lara KirtsChuck - Wishing you the climb of a lifetime and lots of $$$$ for cancer research!
Mark KreiderThanks for doing this.
Jeff Lanegood luck on the climb
Wendy LawtonYou'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 LeBlancDr. Blanke,
This is a great idea. Thank you for taking SWOG to new heights!
Howard LimGood luck Chuck!
Joanne LynchThank 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 McDonaldGreat job! Great OHSU docs!!!
Gabriela MoraDear Dr. Blanke, you are such an inspiration! I hope you make it - excellent!! Good luck!
Therese MulveyGood luck Chuck. Be safe!!
Lloyd & Maureen MusserIn support of Dale Crockatt, cancer trials participant
Craig NicholsThanks to Dr. Blanke and The Hope Foundation for raising awareness for clinical trials. Much needed.
Robin ParkerHappy to contribute to this great endeavor, Chuck. Thanks so much for your generous expertise when Andy's dad was sick. > Robin and Andy
Peter PavlovichGo Chuck Go!
Sharon PerlmanThanks for all that you do. Be safe!
Dan & Michelle PhillipsFor Bill Goodness and his courageous fight against Multiple Myeloma.
Naomi PriceKeep on climbing, Chuck. And Brett.
Maria Procopio-DemasThank you for your commitment to help people with cancer.
Joe, Debby, Sam and Rosalyn RadakovichWe 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 RajahDr. Blanke, your effort will definitely raise awareness and the fund. Best wishes!
Jimmy Rae"Because it's there"
Sue RosenbloomA tribute for cancer patient, Dale Crockett
Russell RuddGlad to contribute to the cause.
Mark SchofieldChallenge accepted.
Scotty Schumann"Getting to the top is optional. Getting down is mandatory." - Ed Viesturs

Good luck Chuck, great cause!
Louise ScottVery inspiring and here's hoping this brings awareness for your research. Have an amazing climb.
Julie SheppardSafe climb, Paige, Scott and Julie Sheppard.
Abby SiegelGood luck Chuck!
Nancy SnellBest wishes and prayers, and THANK YOU for "Climbing for a Cure"!
Maureen StatlandI think it's amazing that you're doing this!
Sharon StineGo for it, Chuck!!
Susan StoneMy 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 TangenGood luck!
Dena VangelistiOur family is rooting for you and your work!

The Vangelistis
Tracy WaechterGo kick some cancer in the rear and have fun!
Jaime WaltersPlease continue the fight!
Leslie WeissensteinI 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 WelchBest of luck on the climb and thanks for your dedication!
Siu Fun WongGo Chuck!!!! The team will be right behind you.
Dale WoodBrett: Thanks for the good job on the Whipple over three years ago. We certainly support your cause. Dale and Joan Wood
Peter YuWatch out for that last step!

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