Kilimanjaro for Ovarian Cancer Cure
Ol’Painting is a proud sponsor & organiser of “Kilimanjaro for Ovarian Cancer Cure”
In February 2010 our team climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania raising $9,664.70 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation. At 5,896m (19,344ft), Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest pick in Africa, one of the Seven Summits and the world highest free-standing mountain. Situated just 3 degrees of the equator Kilimanjaro is permanently snow-capped.
Altitude, low oxygen, and cold of -25C multiplied by the luck of opportunity and time to acclimatize are the major obstacles. Every year few trekkers die on a mountain from the altitude sickness. Only 10% of claimers reach the summit of Mt Kilimanjaro.
The climb took 6 days and went through every climate zone—from tropics to arctic. Ol’Painting paid the cost of the expedition ourselves. All raised money went to the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation (OCRF).
Why did we do it? – by Sasha Nadezhkin, Ol’Painting director
In 2008 my mum passed away from an ovarian cancer. She was diagnosed just 9 months earlier. It is very hard to watch a person you love dying and not being able to help. I do not wish anyone to go through this.
There is no cure and no early diagnostic test yet. Its symptoms are very mild & can be a part of everyday life. It is usually found on later stages when a cancer has spread to the other organs and survival chances are very low. In Australia alone one women dies every 10 hours from an ovarian cancer! It is one of most common & most lethal cancers.
So we decided to help getting the cure quicker and to get a fundraiser to help the charity that is funding the early diagnostic test research!