name is Ben Schwab. I am a Registered
Radiation Therapist with Missouri Baptist Medical
Center in St. Louis, MO. In March 2014, I will join a team of mountain
climbers and healthcare professionals to summit Mount
Kilimanjaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world! I will be climbing for Radiating Hope
, a volunteer run 501(c)(3) nonprofit humanitarian organization that helps
cancer patients around the world. Our
goal is to raise money to provide and update radiation therapy equipment in
countries where cancer treatment services are hard to find. Cancer kills more people in developing
countries than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria combined. 70% of all cancer deaths occur in low and
middle-income countries. Cures and
treatments exist; they just need to be made available!
year our goal is to bring cancer care to Moshi, Tanzania, the home of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This area of Tanzania has no cancer center, and
absolutely no radiation oncology treatment options. Radiating Hope is planning on changing this!
In order to accomplish our goal, myself, other
cancer caregivers and advocates will travel to Africa in March to take on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Our hope is to raise awareness and funds that
will help build the future cancer center at the Kilimanjaro Catholic
which provides services to a region of 11 million Africans. We are partnered with various
guide services, so the majority of the funds raised are able to go directly to
Radiating Hope. The land is already set
aside, and with enough funding this area will have its first cancer center!
I have taken a pledge to raise
$12,000 by February 1st
in order to help this cause. Your donation or sponsorship will help to
ensure that people in this part of Africa can
begin to receive the treatment that they so desperately need.
Your Support Makes all the Difference
has one radiation machine for every 100,000-200,000 people.
Nations in Africa
are far less fortunate.
1 machine for 1,000,000 people
machine for 70,000,000 people
machine for 13,000,000 people
Africa: 1 machine for 1,000,000
9 African Nations do not have any treatment
These statistics are deplorable. It is our mission to make a drastic and
extraordinary change in the worldwide dynamic of cancer care. Please help me in
partnering with Radiating Hope to bring hope and support to Tanzania and other developing countries worldwide. Yourcompassion andgenerosity
can change the lives of millions of people!
It is our hope that our collaborative efforts will bring an end
to the devastating effects of cancer in developing countries around the world. As we share our abundance, we will create
sustainable change and build community relationships across the globe.