Today, in the afternoon of August 10, “Climb for Cancer” participants returned home. Relatives, supporters and mass media with ovations welcomed courageous cancer patients in Riga International Airport. These people showed that diagnosis “cancer” is not a death sentence and proved that even patients with last-stage oncological illness can achieve their highest goals and overcome difficulties, using safe and effective therapies.
Project “Climb for Cancer” is organized by Aina Muceniece Virotherapy Foundation in cooperation with “Kalnu Grupa” (Mountain Group) under leadership of mountaineer Kristaps Liepins.
During the two-week-long expedition, representatives from six countries — eight oncology patients reached several mountain peaks, thus showing support to effective and considerate cancer treatments and proving to the world that diagnosis “cancer” is not a death sentence.
Part of the team reached also the highest summit of the Alps – Mont Blanc at the altitude of 4810 meters.
“We have reached our goal. Now, the flag of Aina Muceniece Virotherapy Foundation is proudly fluttering on the highest peak of Alps – Mont Blanc. I admire all the patients for being so brave in overcoming various obstacles, because the way to achieve this was very, very difficult. Each and every one of them is a hero,” says the Head of the Foundation, Einars Repše.
Eight patients who call themselves “cancer warriors” made their way up the mountains by overcoming themselves and their illness, thus inspiring other patients and proving that you can reach the highest goals and overcome most difficult obstacles even if you have cancer in advanced and late stages, if you use considerate and efficient treatment. The group started its expedition on 29 July and peak by peak enjoyed the French Alps. UAE mountaineer Saeed al Memari also joined the team.
As reported, cancer patients, mostly of the advanced stages, from Latvia, USA, Ukraine, Russia and Chechnya took part in the “Climb for Cancer” expedition, organised by Aina Muceniece Virotherapy Foundation with the aim to promote the fight against the illness and the importance of maintaining the quality of life during treatment. The expedition was supported by experienced mountaineers of “Kalnu Grupa” with Kristaps and Kristīne Liepiņi in the lead.