In a few months, Wallingford resident Ryan Tuttle will embark on the climb of his life. Tuttle will be scaling Mt. Rainier for the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer, benefiting Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Tuttle lost his grandmother to breast cancer when she was 56, and his sister-in-law, Shannon, to lung cancer when she was 23; but as an employee at the “Hutch”, Tuttle has seen some of the amazing progress in early detection and treatment. In an email to me, he writes, “I see this as my way to help fund the remarkable work on early detection for breast cancer but it also allows the center to allocate funds for lung cancer research.”
“This is something that I have never done before,” Tuttle adds. “I have started easy enough with biking to work each day and plan to increase that training with many training hikes throughout the next few months. In the end my training will span about 4-5 months intermittently as my 1 and 2 year olds allow it.”
Individuals who participate in the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer event must set a minimum fundraising goal of $5,000.00, but Tuttle hopes to exceed that goal with help from the community.
You can visit his homepage here: http://getinvolved.fhcrc.org/site/TR/Climb/General?px=1345307&pg=personal&fr_id=1240 to read more about his challenge, and to make a donation.