Climbing to new heights to battle cancer

Photo by Alastair Baker

Participants at the 8th Annual Climb to Conquer Cancer walk at the Red Lodge Mountain over the weekend. For more photos please click on the link.

Nineteen teams made up of cancer survivors, families, caregivers, local faith-based groups, businesses, and clubs, hiked a 3-mile course up and down on the Red Lodge Ski Mountain in the American Cancer Society’s 8th Climb To Conquer Cancer of Red Lodge, Aug. 2, raising more than $39,000.

Bill Barnes, one of the event organizers, said it was the “most successful climb to date.’” Taking part in the climb was the Mayor Ed Williams, Police Chief Steven Hibler and officer Matt Grieshop, as well as Carbon County Sheriff ’s deputy Josh McQuillan, and Commissioner John Grewell.

Climb To Conquer Cancer is a community-based, volunteer-driven event that honors survivors and caregivers, remembers those lost to the disease, and fights for a world with more birthdays. Individuals and teams gather at the Red Lodge Mountain Resort in confidence that their effort will lead to a cure. Teams organize and complete fundraisers to raise money for the cause, often continuing their efforts at the event. These funds bring the American Cancer Society one step closer to its goal of helping people stay well by helping them get well, by finding cures, and by fighting back.

“The Climb to Conquer Cancer allows the entire community the opportunity to do something positive when so much negative surrounds the disease”, said 2014 Climb event co-chair, Leita Zimmerman, “I am proud of Red Lodge for coming together to support one another and help finish the fight against cancer. Thank you to our committee, team captains, participants, and sponsors who helped make this event happen.”

To learn more about the Climb to Conquer Cancer, visit

The American Cancer Society saves lives and creates more birthdays by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. For more information, contact the American Cancer Society at 1-800-227-2345 or visit us at cancer. org.