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2016 Summer Climb, Saturday, August 20th, Elephant's Perch

Join Expedition Inspiration on our annual Summer Climb up the Elephant's Perch in the amazing Sawtooth Mountains. We are fortunate to have the expertise of the Sawtooth Mountain Guides who will lead us safely to the summit. Join us after the climb for a celebratory barbecue at Redfish Lake.

To register, please visit: https://www.runreg.com/until-theres-a-cure-theres-a-climb

To donate or support a climber, please visit: https://www.pledgereg.com/expeditioninspiration

Email or call Hailey for questions: hailey@expeditioninspiration.org or 208.342.6065. 

Completing this climb this year was significant because there are so many women locally who are struggling to survive and who are weak from treatment. We can’t ever take for granted that we are well and healthy enough to hike and climb and continue to carry the torch for those who can’t.
— Devil's Bedstead West climber and breast cancer survivor Jennifer Self

KETCHUM, Idaho, August 15, 2015—Sawtooth Mountain Guides led seventeen climbers during Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research’s Annual Climb for a Cure on Saturday, August 15 up 11,051 ft. Devil's Bedstead West. The climbers and other supporters raised more than $15,000 for breast cancer research.

The Climb for a Cure is an annual event that continues the tradition of Expedition Inspiration Founder Laura Evans’ historic Aconcagua climb with fellow breast cancer survivors.

"The climb this year was especially meaningful because a friend of mine was in the final stages of losing her fight with breast cancer,” said climber and breast cancer survivor Jennifer Self. "Also, since last year's climb, another friend has had her breast cancer recur and metastasize."

Expedition Inspiration's active adventures are structured to empower and promote the health and well being of all who participate while increasing breast cancer research funds.

From what appeared to be the highest point, the summit was yet another 80 feet across a very narrow and exposed ridge that dropped away several hundred feet on each side. Teams of three hikers and one guide strapped on climbing harnesses and ropes and carefully crossed over to the actual summit. The narrow ridge crossing wasn't for everyone but the view from either point was awe inspiring.

Funds raised by the climbers will go directly to the Annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium, an invitation-only conference that brings renowned scientists, researchers and physicians from around the world to share unpublished information, analyze breakthroughs, discuss advances in treatment, and recognize hurdles to finding a cure.

Although the cure for breast cancer remains the final unsummited peak, the research is closing in on survivability. This is very encouraging for climber Jennifer Self who completed one year of chemotherapy in May 2014 for breast cancer. "Completing this climb this year was significant because there are so many women locally who are struggling to survive and who are weak from treatment. We can't ever take for granted that we are well and healthy enough to hike and climb and continue to carry the torch for those who can't.”

The money raised from this climb will fund research that will continue to re-shape the impact of breast cancer for both the patient and the oncologist. At the Annual Laura Evans Breast Cancer Symposium Open Forum in March of last year, Marc Lippman, MD opened with the statement, "Most women who are diagnosed with breast cancer now, will die of something else.” This news came too late for local resident and mother of two, Dani Stern, who bravely fought metastatic breast cancer for nine long years and finally lost her battle the day after this year's climb. This is a reminder that while most prognosis have improved, there is still much work to be done.

Expedition Inspiration continues to shine a light on breast cancer survivors by offering support and encouragement and also offers several annual events throughout Idaho to call attention to the need to find a cure. Over their 19 year history, Expedition Inspiration has stayed true to the vision of their founder Laura Evans, "Until there is a cure, there is a climb.”