Students climb for cancer cure

Rising UNC College seniors Trey Newsome and Patrick Fleming, and pal Jake Lyerly, are climbing mountains to raise funds for curing cancer, according to a recent story in the Herald-Sun, excerpted here:

Newsome, who has a double major in chemistry and psychology, is the founder of Climb for the Cure, an annual fundraiser for cancer research and treatment. It’s an issue that hits close to home: his grandmother, Sherry Townsend, was diagnosed with bile duct cancer in 2000 and was given a 2 percent chance of survival. After receiving treatment at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, she remains cancer-free, but her illness inspired Newsome to take action….

Newsome, Fleming (who is studying economics and journalism) and Lyerly, undertook Climb for the Cure’s first expedition last June. The three climbed the Grand, Middle and South Tetons in Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, raising $15,000 for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. This year, Climb for the Cure plans to raise funds for Caring House, a hospitality house for DCCC. Caring House provides a place for patients to stay with their caretakers while undergoing treatment. According to the organization’s executive director, Sheridan Townsend (also Newsome’s mother), places such as Caring House are sorely needed, especially in the Durham area. ….

In August, Newsome and Fleming will return to Wyoming to scale the state’s highest mountain, Gannett Peak. At close to 14,000 feet, with a 9,000 foot vertical climb and the largest glacier in the Rocky Mountains, it will be a challenging climb. They hope to raise $15,000 through sponsorships and donations; they already have close to $6,000.

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