Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada

Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada

July 31, 2006 16:12 ET

13 Year Old Mountaineer Returns from Record Setting Climb

Brandon Schupp and Vancouver MLA Lorne Mayencourt To Share Details of Adventure Aug 1, 10am at West Promenade, Canada Place

Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, News Editor, Photo Editor, Sports Editor VANCOUVER/BC/MEDIA ADVISORY--(CCNMatthews - July 31, 2006) - Photo and interview Opportunity

When:
Tuesday August 1 - 10:00am

Where:
West Promenade, Canada Place (outside; cover in case of inclement weather; mountains as backdrop)

Who:
-Brandon Schupp, 13, mountaineer, on track to be youngest Canadian to
climb Everest.
-Lorne Mayencourt, MLA, Vancouver-Burrard, a longtime activist in matters of health.
-Vancouver/BC cancer-fighting kids and their families
-Christine Boskoff, North America's premiere female alpinist
-Geoff Unger, Brandon's trainer and mountaineering mentor
-Dan Mornar, representative/ board member of Childhood Cancer Foundation

What:
Schupp, Mayencourt, Boskoff and Unger will be available for individual interviews about their recent climb up Good Hope Mountain and will also visit with Vancouver cancer-fighting kids, showing them the equipment they used, etc., on the climb. The mountain is only known to have been summitted three times previously; Brandon is its youngest climber.

Fundraising around the climb, known as The Mountain of Hope campaign, will benefit the Childhood Cancer Foundation Canada, the only national charity dedicated entirely to fighting childhood cancer in Canada. The Foundation funds research, provides support programs, and advocates for children and their families who are affected by cancer.

Good Hope Mountain, located in BC and commonly known as Mount Good Hope, is 10,000 feet high, a foot for each of the 10,000 kids in Canada currently fighting cancer. Brandon Schupp has a personal goal of raising $100 per foot (or per child) for a total of $1million. The mountain is known to have been summitted only three times previously.

For more background on the campaign, to download shots of Brandon climbing, or to donate online, please visit www.childhoodcancer.ca and click on "Mountain of Hope."

Note to editors: B-roll of training climb up Baker available. Art available, including new still pictures from this week's climb.

/For further information: Susan McLennan
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Cell: (416) 525-5177 (with McLennan in Vancouver)
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