This sheer core of volcanic rock rises nearly 1,267 feet (386 m) above the surrounding plain with the last 800+ feet of nearly vertical rock. We want to climb 4 kidney cancer to help bring awareness to this underdog cancerand to raise money to fund kidney cancer research. Our goal is to raise $125,000 this year. To help organize, participate, sponsor etc, email us at [email protected]
One of the earliest descriptions in English of the tower in 1872 by Colonel Richard Irving Dodge of the U.S. Army reads as follows,
“An immense obelisk of granite, eight hundred and sixty-seven feet at base, two hundred and ninety-seven feet top, rises one thousand one hundred and twenty-seven feet above its base, and five thousand one hundred feet above tide-water.
Its summit is inaccessible to anything without wings.The sides are fluted and scored by the action of elements, and immense blocks of granite, split off from the column by frost, are piled in huge, irregular mounds about its base.”
We’re attempting to make it up to the 5114 foot summit without wings, but strength and determination.
Kidney Cancer is one of the most common cancers in the US, but gets very little funding for research. For example, both prostate and breast cancer get 100's of millions of dollars more each year from the NIH. Even when you consider that these cancers are more common than kidney cancer, they still get 2-4 times the amount of funding even though kidney cancer is more deadly.
Help us as we raise money. There have been some tremendous developments in kidney cancer research in the last few years, but still over 13,000 americans die each year. Check out more at Climb4kc.org.