Queensland – join the ultimate journey for a cure

Cancer Council Queensland is inviting adventure seekers to make the ultimate journey for a cure next April as part of an exciting new fundraiser.

The Ultimate Journey for a Cure invites participants to make a difference in the fight against cancer while trekking to Base Camp on the highest mountain in the world – Mount Everest.

Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the adventure was an opportunity to gain the ultimate experience, tick something off your bucket list and show support for Queenslanders impacted by cancer.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for a small group of 8-20 people to make a difference while taking part in something that is truly unforgettable,” Ms Clift said.

“Being able to reach the Base Camp of Mount Everest with Sharon Cohrs, the first breast cancer survivor in the world to summit the mountain, and enjoy the scenery and adventure while showing your support for others impacted by cancer – is courageous, heart-warming and unforgettable.

“It’s the journey of a lifetime and funds raised will support Cancer Council Queensland’s important work in cancer research, education and patient support programs.”

The expedition is a 19 day trek that includes two nights camping at Everest Base Camp, a privilege rarely granted to trek groups.

Cancer Council Queensland ambassador and event organiser Sharon Cohrs was the first breast cancer survivor in the world to summit the mountain and together with her husband Allan Cohrs scored the title of first Australian couple to reach the summit.

Sharon is now urging others to take part in the exhilarating once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in support of a wonderful cause.

“I was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2007, underwent chemotherapy and a double mastectomy and set myself the goal of climbing Mount Everest with my husband, Allan,” Mrs Cohrs said.

“If you believe in yourself, it’s surprising what you can achieve, and I want people to conquer their own Everest – just like I did.

“Climbing Everest was a very special moment for me, something that I’ll remember for a lifetime and something that I want to share with others while making a difference in the lives of those impacted by cancer.”

The Cancer Council trek will start from Kathmandu in April 2016. Each participant is required to pay a $500 deposit by October 31, 2015 and will be encouraged to fundraise in the lead up to the event.

Those who register their interest in the fundraiser at www.cancerqld.org.au/ultimatejourney will go through a physical and training plan.

For more information about Cancer Council Queensland, visit www.cancerqld.org.au or call Cancer Council’s 13 11 20.

Cancer Council Queensland is an independent, community-based charity, the achievements of which are made possible by the generosity of Queenslanders.

For more information or interviews, please contact:

Katie Clift, Executive Manager, Media and Spokesperson, Cancer Council Queensland

Ph: (07) 3634 5372 or 0409 001 171

For more information, please contact:

Kim Ryan, Senior Media Specialist, Cancer Council Queensland

P. (07) 3634 5239 M. 0488 015 702