The IFSC is pleased to announce that Climbers Against Cancer (CAC) has been named its official charity.
The IFSC Executive Board announced the move on March 27, 2014.
CAC founder, John Ellison, an avid climber from Great Britain, was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2011. He founded CAC in January of 2013 in order to bring together the incredible support and camaraderie of the climbing community to assist in raising both awareness of the disease and funds for cancer research.
In just over a year, CAC has raised close to $350,000 (USD). To date, CAC has made donations to the world's best cancer research organizations in France, Australia, and Canada, and have just made the first of many donations for 2014 to cancer research facilities worldwide at The Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF) in Sheffield, UK. Plans are currently being finalized for the next round of donations in Vail (USA), Munich (Germany), Inzai (Japan), and South Africa.
CAC is the first charitable organization that the IFSC has supported in this manner.
The announcement comes on the heels of Ellison being appointed as an Honorary Member of the (IFSC) during the IFSC Plenary Assembly held on March 1, 2014 in Paris, France in acknowledgement of the important work he is doing with CAC to raise funds for cancer research around the world.