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Team to Climb 14,179-foot Mountain for Breast Cancer Prevention

Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds 12th mountain expedition on Mt. Shasta begins

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For Immediate Release: June 16, 2015

Contact: Ena Do, (415) 321-2903,

MT. SHASTA— The Breast Cancer Fund’s Climb Against the Odds 2015 team, made up of 20 people touched by breast cancer, is in its final stages of preparation for the June 23rd expedition on Northern California’s 14,179-foot Mount Shasta. The event raises funds to support the Breast Cancer Fund’s work to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposure to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.

The 2015 Climb Against the Odds team hails from 9 states. The climbers will come together from June 21 to 26 at Mt. Shasta, the second-highest peak in the Cascade Range, measuring several hundred feet short of Mt. Rainier. The summit attempt will occur on June 24th.

Each team member has very personal motivations to climb and all climbers share a commitment to breast cancer prevention.

For Klean Kanteen Owner Michelle Kalberer of Chico, Calif., the Climb is about more than reaching the summit, it’s about a journey to stop the disease before it starts. “I’ve held my mom’s hand – and recently the hand of my best friend –through breast cancer. I feel like I have been a part of such a special journey with the Breast Cancer Fund and those they touch. I have been given such a wonderful opportunity, and I can’t wait to feel like I am on top of the world!”

An alarming 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and only half of these cases can be tied to traditional risk factors like genetic inheritance, diet and reproductive history. More and more scientific evidence is linking breast cancer to the chemicals in our everyday environment—chemicals in our food, our products, our air and our water. More than 80,000 synthetic chemicals are registered for use in the United States. Fewer than 10 percent have ever been fully tested for their health effects.

The Breast Cancer Fund is the leading national breast cancer organization focused solely on breast cancer prevention working to identify and eliminate the environmental causes of the disease.

“The Breast Cancer Fund embraces mountain climbing as a metaphor for the critical work we are doing to prevent the environmental causes of this devastating disease,” said Jeanne Rizzo, R.N., president and CEO of the Breast Cancer Fund. “We apply our courage and faith that anything is possible, if taken one step at a time. And we do it all as part of a team, knowing that there is more that we can achieve together than apart.”

Sponsors of the Climb are LUNA, Clif Bar Family Foundation, The North Face, Klean Kanteen, Ahnu, Osprey Packs, Seventh Generation, Ibex, LEKI, Adventure Medical Kits, Princeton Tec and Shape Magazine.

This climb follows in the tradition of the Breast Cancer Fund’s past expeditions: Mt. Aconcagua, Argentina (1995); Mt. McKinley, Alaska (1998); Mt Fuji, Japan (2000), Mt. Rainier, Wash. (2005), and Mt. Shasta, Calif. (2003-04; 2006-14).

Follow the Climb’s progress at the Breast Cancer Fund’s blog

Donate to the Climb at

Sign up for next year’s climb at

The Breast Cancer Fund is the leading national organization working to prevent breast cancer by eliminating our exposures to toxic chemicals and radiation linked to the disease.