A Sons Final Promise

In March 2015, a select group of largely amateur mountaineers will climb the tallest mountain on the African continent in a fundraising endeavor to bring cancer services to the surrounding community in Moshi, Tanzania. No cancer center currently exists in that region of Tanzania. All funds raised through this climb will go directly to the building of this cancer center. Our team will carry prayer flags in honor of those who have faced the struggle of cancer head on. High at the summit, we will fly these flags, which are inscribed with names of individuals who have in some way been afflicted by cancer (radiating hope).

When I first heard about Radiating Hope and their efforts in Tanzania I was intrigued.  I had discussions with my mother about climbing a mountain with her flag she had signed.   Flags are carried for only two years and I have the opportunity to climb with hers next March up Kilimanjaro.  I told my mother I would climb to the top of Kilimanjaro with her flag.  My mother passed yesterday, April 15th, after a valiant and brave fight against a cancer that had spread to her lungs and brain.  It was difficult to witness, but awe inspiring how positive she continued to be despite her condition.   It has now become a priority to fulfill my words, and climb in her honor.   I've been granted permission to carry her flag to the summit and it will most definitely be an honor and emotional journey I will never forget.  To be able to help a region with no ability to treat cancer will make it that much sweeter.  All my travel costs have been taken care of!   Fundraising through this campaign goes to

www.radiatinghope.org

,This foundation was founded by a gentleman, Dr. Brandon Fisher, that had been treating my mother over the course of the last 2 and a half years. 

Radiation therapy is a vital component of most cancer treatments. Approximately 60-70% of all cancer patients in the US will receive some form of radiation therapy. Most people living in developing nations do not have the opportunity to have this crucial treatment, due to a lack of radiation equipment. The worldwide standard for cancer care is that there should be one radiation megavoltage machine for every 150,000 people living in a region. A few examples of current worldwide numbers are as follows:

United States: 1 megavoltage machine for every 100,000-200,000 people.

Africa:
9 countries do not have any machines
Senegal: 1 machine for 13,000,000 people
Ghana: 1 machine for 1,000,000 people
Ethiopia: 1 machine for 70,000,000 people
South Africa: 1 machine for 1,000,000 people

These statistics are unacceptable, and it is the mission of Radiating Hope to make a drastic and sustainable change in the worldwide dynamic of cancer care.

Remember, your donations are tax-deductible. Don't forget to ask your employer about company match contributions and double the impact of your gift!

I have pledged to raise my part to help build the cancer center. In return of your pledge, I plan to summit the tallest free standing mountain in the world, Mount Kilimanjaro!

I am asking everyone I know to donate at least $19. Just $1 for each 1000 feet that I have to climb. Kili's height is 19,341 feet!

Thank you for your support!
Colby Thackeray

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Colby Thackeray 
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Farmington, UT
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