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Climb Against The Odds

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It is extraordinary for a woman to receive a breast cancer diagnosis, go through treatment, and survive to tell the story. But to then celebrate survival by embarking on a grueling mountain climb? That takes a truly remarkable woman.

Climb Against the Odds documents the inspiring story of a group of such women who joined The Breast Cancer Fund to raise awareness and money for the fight against breast cancer by endeavoring to climb some of the world's most daunting peaks. They climbed Mt. Acongagua (23,000 feet), Mt. McKinley (20,300 feet), and Mt. Fuji (12,389 feet), putting their post-cancer bodies and their indomitable spirits through a journey that changed them all. Featuring compelling interviews, joyful photographs, resources, and information about the struggle against breast cancer, Climb Against the Odds is timed to release with The Breast Cancer Funds fourth mountain climb, held on the 14,162-foot volcanic peak of Mt. Shasta.

The thrill of scaling impossible mountains, the triumph of beating a lethal disease, and the anguish of losing loved ones come together in this amazing journey of grace over mountains metaphoric and real.


The Breast Cancer Fund identifies and advocates for the elimination of environmental and other preventable causes of the disease. Founded in 1992, The Breast Cancer Fund works from the knowledge that breast cancer is not simply a personal tragedy, but a public health priority that demands action from all.

Mary Papenfuss has worked in journalism for more than 20 years, including as an editor at the New York Post, New York Daily News, and San Francisco's Examiner. She was diagnosed with Stage II breast cancer in 2000. She lives with her husband and two children in Northern California.


ISBN: 9780811834810
Format: Paperback
Size: 9-1/2 x 8-3/4
Pages: 160
Publication Date: 4/1/2003


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