The Tiroler Krebs Forschungs Institute (TKFI) will be given a financial boost after receiving a donation from the ‘Climbers Against Cancer’ (CAC) organisation.
This is the second time the CAC has raised money for the TKFI, having already supported the group, which is part of the Tyrolean Cancer Research Institute (TCRI), in 2015.
“Climbers and researchers have more in common as it might seem at the first glance: both we are focused on reaching the top – might be a mountain or the deciphering of how to kill cancer cells,” a spokesperson for the TCRI stated.
CAC raises awareness and funding for cancer research through various events around the world and the sale of its branded products.
It was set up by John Ellison who was spurred on by his terminal cancer diagnosis to establish a worldwide climbing community to help find a cure for this terrible disease.
Before his death in 2015, four years after his diagnosis, John said: “The world of climbing as a family has so much power to deliver a message across the globe.”
Since CAC’s launch in 2012, it has gone on to secure collaboration with climbing centres around the world, including Kletter Zentrum Imst in Gemeinde Imst, Tyrol.
This fundraising is very important, as figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) showed there were 48,241 new cases of cancer in Austria in 2020, resulting in 22,495 deaths.
The most frequent cancers excluding non-melanoma skin cancer were prostate, breast, lung, colorectum and melanoma.
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