Climbing Everest to Raise Money for Cancer Research

RECEIVED Mon., May 14, 2007

Dear Editor,
    Last summer, lung cancer took the life of Jackie Oestrike, who never smoked and led a healthy, active lifestyle. Immediately afterward, her son Brian began planning to climb Mount Everest to raise money for lung-cancer research. Nearly a year later, Brian, along with his sister Katie and climbing partner Justin Hewitt, are 20,000 feet up the mountain, poised to make a push to the summit. To donate or for more information (including Brian’s blog), your readers can visit All proceeds from their campaign will benefit the LUNGevity Foundation, the only organization in the country dedicated exclusively to funding lung-cancer research. Without the aid of Sherpas and planning only to use bottled oxygen in an emergency situation, their goal is to climb the mountain within their own abilities in order to celebrate the strength of healthy lungs. Let’s lend our support and wish them luck!
Thank you,
Mike Yrigoyen
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