Climbers Against Cancer, or CAC, is a charity founded by avid climber, climbing official and IFSC honorary member John Ellison, who passed away in 2015. It is the official charity of the IFSC.
This was the second time that the charity has provided a donation to the Foundation. The first took place at the Central Saanich Youth World Climbing Championships in 2013, where Mr. Ellison himself presented the donation.
The BC Cancer Foundation supports research at the world-leading BC Cancer Agency. In December 2015, the month Mr. Ellison passed, they began phase 1 clinical trials on a drug that has the potential to cure the type of aggressive and terminal cancer to which he succumbed.
In Edinburgh, professional climber Shauna Coxey presented the check on behalf of CAC to Kimanda Jarzebiak. Ms. Jarzebiak, a manager of the Canadian climbing team, hosted the 2013 event, and is a volunteer with the Foundation.
The BC Cancer Foundation, based in British Columbia, Canada, is the largest funder of cancer research in the province. For further information about the research the foundation supports, please visit their website.
CAC was also present with a stall at the Edinburgh World Cup, selling their trademark colourful clothing to raise further funds for future donations to cancer research.
The donation highlighted the importance of funding cancer research, and how small efforts such as purchasing CAC merchandise, are part of a world-wide effort to find a cure.
(Photo: Sytste Van Slooten) BMC Climbing Walls and Competitions Officer introduces Shauna Coxey acting on behalf of the CAC and Kimanda Jarzebiak, representing the BC Cancer Foundation.