Cancer survivors receive scholarships to national climbing event
Rectal cancer survivor Christina Haywood and colon cancer survivor Mike Mancini will be hiking Granite Chief Peak alongside 50 survivors, caregivers, and loved ones on Aug. 22, thanks to a scholarship given in honor of Chris Ganser, an advocate who was diagnosed at age 34 in 2012. Before his passing in 2018, Ganser co-founded Fight Colorectal Cancer’s Climb for a Cure, an annual, national event where survivors and loved ones get moving to raise awareness and funds for colorectal cancer. This year, Haywood and Mancini will be joined by Ganser’s widow and son, Jennifer and Chris Jr., who will also be climbing in Tahoe for the event. To follow real-time posts and updates, follow FightCRC.org/climb.
“Like Chris, I was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer at age 34,” said Haywood. “At the time, I was in great shape physically and mentally. However, I quickly went from running 10ks to barely being able to walk around the block after my treatments. Now it is my continual quest for head-to-toe health, and by completing this hike, I will honor Chris’s legacy.”
Mancini was just 42 years old when he was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer in June 2017. An avid gym-goer, he was in the best shape of his life when he received his diagnosis. “To be a stage IV survivor who is on chemo for life, and to be able to persevere through the challenges that come with hiking up a mountain, it really makes me feel alive, inspired, accomplished, and for a brief time … invincible,” said Mancini.
This will be the sixth year Fight CRC has hosted Climb for a Cure. Started in 2015 by four Fight CRC advocates, one of them being Ganser, Climb for a Cure inspires cancer survivors to push themselves physically and mentally as there is no greater challenge than fighting cancer. In 2019, climbers summited Mount Flora in Colorado. In 2021, participants are taking part in one of three ways: climbing Lake Tahoe in California, climbing in one of eight community climbs, or choosing to climb on their own.
Thank you for the support from Fight CRC’s Climb for a Cure sponsors Einstein Medical, Exact Sciences, Guardant Health, Merck, Taiho Oncology, Natera, and No-Shave November.
Source: Fight Colorectal Cancer
Support Local Journalism
Support Local Journalism
Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.
Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.
Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.
Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.
User Legend: Moderator Trusted User
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Nevada County had reached 8,252 by Thursday morning. There are 192 new cases since Sept. 17, indicating a 3% increase over last week.