In celebration of International Women’s Day on March 8th, women across the globe are leading the charge for balance and equality. This year’s tagline and theme, #BalanceforBetter, seeks a more gender-balanced world through celebrating women’s achievements and raising awareness about bias. One event in the true spirit of gender parity is the Kilimanjaro Climb for Cancer.
A group composed of biotech investors, entrepreneurs, and executives will climb to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to support cancer research in July 2019. The team will set out on a seven-day expedition to the summit of Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.
Led by biotech journalist, Luke Timmerman, the group is gender balanced with 14 men and 14 women. Timmerman has worked in journalism for over 17 years. He is now making headlines in his efforts to fundraise for cancer research.
In 2018, Timmerman climbed Mt. Everest as part of the Climb to Fight Cancer fundraiser. He raised over $340,000 for Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. “I remember during the Everest campaign, one of the venture capitalists who supported my campaign said, ‘You know, Luke, you ought to think about raising $1 million.” So, he listened. And this year, he and his team have set a goal to raise at least $1million. With 5 months to go, the team has already raised just over $400,000 and continue to seek support for their valiant cause.
We wish them success in this admirable endeavor!