ions. The team, selected by some of the nation's most respected
and celebrated mountaineers, was not merely "bagging" another peak. They
went on an adventure into the unknown that had everyone on the edge of
their seats and, when the team determined that there was too much risk in
the last 500 vertical feet, they received accolades for their smart
thinking and sound judgment in one of the world's most remote locations.
"The climbers are to be congratulated for going so far under trying
conditions but especially for putting safety first. It is a principle that
governs each of our clinical trials," said Lee Hartwell, Ph.D., president
and director of the Hutchinson Center. "We are proud of the team for their
remarkable challenge of this unclimbed mountain."
Reaching the summit was, indeed, the objective of the effort, supported
by more than 15 of the outdoor industry's leading companies. It was,
however, not expected at any cost. Cancer research is a long, arduous road
and, as Hutchinson Center epidemiologist David Thomas, Ph.D., said
afterward, " ... in cancer research, things do not always turn out as
expected or as one would like. I am very pleased that the four climbers
used good judgment and did not take unnecessary risks to get to the
summit." On all counts, the measure of the Big Expedition is in the
advancement of the cause.
Thousands followed the Big Expedition online via the Hutchinson Center
Web site and in media reports.
The adventure began three weeks ago when Farmer and team mates Dawn
Glanc, 33, of Bellingham, Wash.; Kevin Mahoney, 39, of Madison, N.H.; and
Bayard Russell Jr., 31, of Madison, N.H., arrived in Reid Inlet in Glacier
Bay National Park. The effort had been 18 months in the planning, with the
complete support of the National Park Service.
The Big Expedition for Cancer Research is a concerted effort to draw
the public closer to the cancer research under way at the Hutchinson Center
and around the world. The C
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