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Most people have been affected by cancer in one way or another. Whether it’s through a family or friend, or even a personal battle. Share your story here and let others know they’re not alone in the climb against cancer.

In Memory Of My Husband Phil

By Phil Goodwin

Phil 04/01/1970 to 24/02/2022 Phil was diagnosed with bladder cancer in February 2021. After 3 months of chemotherapy from April to June 21, major surgery which brought complications in August 2021, 6 weeks of radiotherapy in Sept to Oct 2021 followed by a brief period of what felt like recovery prior to Christmas, Phil’s health…

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LIFE ALWAYS DESERVES TO BE LIVED

By MATTEO PIRANI

I’m from Italy, I was born in Turin in 1995, I am 26 years old. I suffer from hemiparesis on the left side of the body left in me as a complication of a brain cancer which I fell ill at the age of 6. In 2001, immediately after the diagnosis, I was treated at…

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F** cancer, go climbing!

By Inga Patarcic

“So, what’s wrong with my results?” I ask my Frauenarzt (gynecologist). “Oh, well… You don’t really have cancer at the moment! But, we need to do some extra tests to be sure,” he responded with a strong German accent. Stripped of any emotions, I felt a rush of heat. Though that June morning was exceptionally…

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Finding Some Freedom.

By Charly Andrew

Having always been an outdoorsy, mountain walking, snow sporting kinda kid, it came as a bit of a shock when I was diagnosed with a rare bone cancer in 2008 aged 16. At a stage in life where I should have been fighting with my parents or a boy, I was fighting for my life…

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Climbing Puts A Smile On Your Face!

By Vanessa Weber

My name is Vanessa, 39 years old, I am a Paraclimber from Karlsruhe, Germany. In the worst weeks of my life, I find out one of the most beautiful sport for me: climbing. In the summer of 2016 my mother became terminally ill with cancer. The whole body was already covered with metastases. There was…

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Climbing Gave Me The Day Away I So Desperately Needed

By Lee Butterworth

I started climbing about 6 months before my dads stage 4 lung cancer diagnosis. Climbing gave me a chance to spend time with my best buddy and chat about everything whilst working out some stress on the wall. My dad went on for 10 months after his diagnosis, watched my sister get married, then watched…

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Cancer News Led To Newbie Climber

By Carissa Gill

We found out last year that Dads bowel cancer (that he had been cleared of 12 months earlier) had returned, this time in his bowel. We were told it was terminal and he would have 12 months if he was lucky. I wasn't coping too well when a friend suggested an afternoon at a local…

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Thanks CAC ,Thanks John

By Mirko Di Ronco

THANKS JOHN . Thank you John for CAC, for giving us the will to climb, to sweat, to not give up, to move on, to look forward in life. In that famous spring of 2012, when you put yourself on the line, you had me emotional already. Brain cancer kept me from living, climbing, but…

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MS

By Danielle Denis-Lalonde

There you are, cruising up the final pitch after a perfect day up in the alpine. The afternoon sun warms your bare arms, and a smile plays on your lips as you savour the effortless flow of the climb. Everything feels right. You move without hesitation, trusting your body to dance up the rock like…

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Keep On Climbing

By Brandon Riches

Climbing has been an increasingly important part of my life since I started back in 2012. It’s crazy how the life path I was on has been completely diverted by my passion (obsession?) for climbing. Back then, I was in university working on my bachelor’s degree in engineering, and I was not athletic or interested…

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Climbers against cancer. One man’s story.

By Peter Rowlands

Imagine a life devoted to mountains and rock faces ranging from big mountains like Trisul in the Himalaya down to local quarry faces and taking in lonely windswept icecaps in Norway and Alpine faces and peaks and much more. With this, you get some idea of one man’s passion.  Pete lived for climbing mountains and…

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Edward vs The Old Man

By Nathan Mills

Edward is 8 years old and really loves climbing. For as long as he can remember, his Mum, Bekki has been living with Breast Cancer. This hasn’t stopped encouraging Edward to develop his interest and skills in becoming an accomplished little climber. Over the last year or so Bekki's cancer has spread to her liver…

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