Our Commitment to You
The Breast Cancer Fund supports your climb journey every step of the way.
We provide tools and assistance to help you train, fundraise and mentally prepare for Climb Against the Odds, including pairing you with a mentor who's participated in Climb Against the Odds before.
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You'll be connected with a regional climb team and training leader who can answer questions, monitor pre-climb physical preparations and give inspiration. In addition, climbers will receive a six-month written training guide and monthly strengthening and stretching exercises to keep you on track.
The $6,000 minimum may sound daunting, but we will provide extensive support with a fundraising kit, collateral (brochures, tip cards) for your fundraisers and a personal fundraising web page. Your fundraising page allows family, friends and co-workers to make easy, secure donations online, and our site makes it easy to email people, track gifts, follow up with donors and monitor your fundraising progress.
Historically our climbers have come up with some great creative fundraising ideas, including dinners, garage sales, auctions and more that have helped them reach their fundraising goals. We'll be happy to share their good ideas with you and help you come up with your own!
Our many outdoor gear sponsors provide exclusive incentive prizes for reaching your fundraising goals and winning our fundraising contests. Past incentive prizes include Osprey travel gear and hydration packs, Apple iPods and iPads, Pentax cameras, Jetboil stoves and Bose headphones.
Through our generous sponsors, each year the Breast Cancer Fund puts together a fabulous gear package for each climber, which typically includes much of the specialized clothing and equipment needed for your climb. This gear package varies from year to year, although we always provide a team shell jacket and pants.
In 2012 the gear package was valued at approximately $1,400 per climber and included a down parka, back pack, boots, headlamp, mountaineering sunglasses, underlayers, climbing poles, gloves, mitts, gaiters, hats, hydration bottles and medical kits.
As part of your climb journey, we will introduce you to the work of the Breast Cancer Fund and our Strong Voices program, a national network of women and men who share their stories while inspiring the public to take action to prevent breast cancer.
In the months before the climb, you will participate in a one-day in-person class or an online webinar series that covers the environmental causes of breast cancer; how to talk about our prevention work with friends, family and potential donors to your climb; and how you can advocate on behalf of prevention now and in the future.