Group to summit Winter Park peak for cancer awareness |

Group to summit Winter Park peak for cancer awareness

The triumphant peak photo from last year's Climb for a Cure.
Courtesy Fight Colorectal Cancer

On Monday, more than 130 people impacted by colorectal cancer will climb to an elevation over 13,000 feet outside Winter Park as they try to raise awareness for the second most deadly form of cancer.

A group from the organization Fight Colorectal Cancer will participate in the Climb for a Cure with plans to meet at the Mount Flora trailhead at 5 a.m. Monday. The average time to summit Mount Flora, which sits at 13,132 feet, is around three hours.

“We all have a reason to climb, whether it’s for ourselves or our loved ones,” said Brian Threlkeld, co-founder of Climb for a Cure, in a news release. “Reaching any summit provides a true perspective and has always given me the strength to overcome the daily obstacles that life is always throwing at me.”

So far, Fight Colorectal Cancer has already raised $76,000 for colorectal cancer patient education, advocacy and research. Funds will go to those who have been recently diagnosed and advocacy efforts that further support patients and their families.

Anyone unable to join the group at Mount Flora can hike or bike the climb virtually through the organization’s website. 

According to the American Cancer Society, colorectal cancer is second leading cause of cancer deaths in both men and women, and it’s the third most common cancer diagnosis. Annual screenings are recommended for those older than 50, and these screenings could prevent up to 60% of deaths.

Founded in 2004 and based in Springfield, Missouri, Fight Colorectal Cancer focuses on advocacy, research and patient education.

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