PROSTATE CANCER CLIMB
Hap Weyman Memorial Prostate Cancer Fund
of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute
If you wish to make a donation to the Prostate Cancer Research Institute in memory of Dr. Donald Duane Cope, please visit the page dedicated to Dr. Cope on the PCRI Web site.
Las Vegas – Friday, December 3, 2004, Biofreeze/Performance Health Inc. honored Dr. Terry Weyman with their 2004 Humanitarian Award at the ProSport Chiropractic 2004 Annual Convention. Dr. Weyman was chosen because of his achievements and service relating to his efforts in Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness. Dr. Weyman is the founder of the Prostate Cancer Climbs which have raised over $250,000 for prostate cancer research and public education.
Reaches Top of Mt. Everest!
Congratulations to Dan Lochner of the Prostate Cancer Climb and his partner Dan Meggitt who summitted the north side of Mt. Everest on May 19, 2004. If he accomplishes Mt. Vinson in Antarctica this fall, the 22-year-old Lochner will become the youngest person ever to climb all Seven Summits. For Dan’s heroic tale and short video, please click here.
Above: With his headgear and oxygen mask removed, Dan Lochner takes a moment to unfurl the Prostate Cancer Climb flag at the summit of Mt. Everest. The flag also has been to the top of Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina and Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.
Below: Lochner, the Prostate Cancer Climb Seven Summits Ambassador, and his partner with the American flag on top of Everest.
Climbing the Seven Summits is a remarkable achievement as only 113 people in the world have accomplished the goal. Dan’s motivation is simple. He’s had several family members stricken by prostate, breast and skin cancer and says he wants to do all he can to help fight the disease any way possible. Dan must climb Mt. Vinson in Antarctica by November 2004 to beat the current Seven Summits record for youngest climber, but he cannot accomplish his goal and bring renewed recognition to the Prostate Cancer Climb without adequate funding.
Please help support Dan’s effort by pledging a tax deductible donation to the Hap Weyman Memorial Prostate Cancer Fund and becoming a sponsor of his climb:
*Your donation will be processed on the Prostate Cancer Research Institute and Securesites.com Web sites.
The fund is administered by the Prostate Cancer Research Institute, a 501-C-3 charity.
For more information about Dan Lochner, the Prostate Cancer Climb Seven Summits Ambassador, also visit EverestNews.com.
of Prostate Cancer Research and Awareness
to the Mt. Kilima njaro Summit
A group of two-dozen men and women, including three prostate cancer veterans, stood at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s on Sept. 18, 2003 in the second international Prostate Cancer Climb. The successful summit of the 19,340-foot peak in Tanzania followed the first Prostate Cancer Climb in 2001 on Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina, also one of the famed “Seven Summits.”
While 22 climbers, including three prostate cancer veterans, reached Kilimanjaro’s 5,896-meter (19,340-foot) Uhuru Peak, two others made it to the 5,685-meter volcanic crater rim at Gillman’s Point. Uhuru Peak happens to be the closest point to the sun of anywhere on earth since the mountain lies practically on the equator. It is a mountaineering goal that is prized the world over.
The Prostate Cancer Climb is a cancer fundraising and awareness movement established three years ago by Los Angeles sports chiropractor Dr. Terry Weyman, whose father died from the disease. The Climb is operated under the auspices of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute of Los Angeles.
The first cancer veteran to reach the Kilimanjaro summit was Bruce Hestad, a 56-year-old business owner from South Dakota. “I believe every single day we have the opportunity to reach one summit or another,” Hestad remarked after reaching the top. “We learn to pull from within ourselves when faced with difficult situations in life. You must take it one step at a time whether it be climbing to the roof of Africa or battling prostate cancer.”
Following on Hestad’s heels were cancer survivor Ken Malik, the 58-year-old founder of the Prostate Awareness Foundation, a Climb co-sponsor, and Jan Zlotnick, a 50-year-old registered nurse and a 10-year veteran of the disease.
The six-day expedition and the 4,000-foot elevation gain on summit day took its toll as several of the climbers had to be assisted from the summit due to the onset of acute mountain sickness. Despite the effects of surgery, radiation and hormone therapy, the cancer survivors performed flawlessly. It was some of the other men who succumbed to the problems of high altitude. At the end of the grueling 15-hour summit day, however, all members of the team had returned to the lower altitude safely.
Among those reaching the summit was Doug Menelly, a young New York City insurance broker whose father’s prostate cancer has become life-threatening.
Prior to the expedition, each of the climbers was required to raise significant funds for prostate cancer research and education programs and to help increase the awareness among men for prostate cancer detection.
“We have only just begun our efforts to tell men about the importance of the PSA test and other prostate cancer management efforts,” said Glenn Weaver, executive director of the Prostate Cancer Research Institute and a member of the Kilimanjaro team. “We are currently looking for a corporate sponsor to help us continue in our battle against the disease as several future climbs are being planned and many educational programs are in the works.”
To learn more about the exciting events surrounding the Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Aconcagua expeditions—and the climbs that have taken place on Mt. Whitney, Calif.—we invite you to tour this Web site and to read about the Prostate Cancer Climb story.
For information about the climbing members and how you can make a donation in the name of their courageous efforts, please visit the Mt. Kilimanjaro Climbers page.