On July 15, Professor Charlie Teo, and an influential group of business, media and music leaders will climb the world’s tallest freestanding mountain – Mount Kilimanjaro – raising over a million dollars for brain cancer research.
The intrepid 13 will embark on a grueling eight-day trek to the top of Africa’s highest peak – a dormant volcano whose 5,900-metre summit claims ten lives each year and induces serious altitude sickness in the uninitiated.
Undeterred and bound by the tragedy of brain cancer, each participant will raise $100,000 for Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, which has its own bold mission to increase five-year brain cancer survival rates from the current 20 per cent to 50 per cent by 2023.
Climbing a mountain is an extreme feat, but the participants are powered by the knowledge that every dollar will help fund world-class research and accelerate treatments to people with brain cancer, which kills more Australian children than any other disease.
While each climber embarks on the Million$Mission to change the world for people living with brain cancer, for many, it’s deeply personal – walking for loved ones past and present.
Julian Dolye is spurred on by the memory of his beloved wife, who died of brain cancer, Geoff Sparke is climbing for his father, who also lost his life to brain cancer, and Prof Teo will be walking for the many special people he’s encountered whose lives have been impacted by brain cancer.
Meanwhile, Ian Boyle continues the battle against his own brain cancer, leaving him physically unable to climb Kilimanjaro with the team. However, he will be in regular contact with the climbers and has also committed to raising $100,000 for the fight against brain cancer.