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Help Prevent Breast Cancer by Supporting Climbing Against the Odds: Q&A With Sarah Harper Burke

June 3rd, 2010

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Osprey’s very own Sarah Harper Burke is taking part in a great endeavor this summer: she’s climbing Mt. Shasta as part of Climbing Against the Odds, an annual mountaineering expedition by the Breast Cancer Fund for breast cancer prevention.

Osprey has long been a supporter of the Breast Cancer Fund, and Sarah’s excited to take part in this year’s expedition. We sat down with her to learn a little bit more.

sara harper burkeWhy did you decide to join the Climb for the Cure?
This was an opportunity presented by Osprey. Osprey has supported the Breast Cancer Fund for years. This was the first time Osprey has taken the next step of support by sponsoring a team member on the climb.

I’m sure you’ve been working hard to train for your climb, what has kept you inspired?
As I continue to learn about the Breast Cancer Fund, I’ve realized how connected their attitude towards prevention is to my everyday experience. I’m inspired to help spread this message throughout my community. Also, I am a complete novice at mountaineering. This physical challenge is like non- other I have experienced. That alone has been a great push.

What impact do you think your climb will have?
Climbing Mt. Shasta is a challenge that I hope will grab people’s attention. This is no small walk in the park. This is a large group of cancer survivors and their families climbing mountains as a way to represent what odds they can overcome. It’s inspiring!

The Breast Cancer Fund is all about studying the environmental causes of breast cancer. Why is that important to you?
I have not been personally affected by breast cancer but am concerned about ways in which I can prevent it. I’m learning about how some cosmetics and plastics can have a serious effect on my body.

With breast cancer affecting so many women, what do you think ordinary people can do every day to raise awareness and support those fighting cancer right now?
Money talks, even in subtle ways. We can all help spread the word of prevention with how we spend our dollars. Make sure you are purchasing BPA free plastics, choose safe cosmetics, buy hormone free meat and dairy. Little changes in the way you spend can send a huge message to manufacturers.

Now comes the exciting part: Sarah’s in the midst of fundraising for the Breast Cancer Fund — she’s trying to raise $7,500, and she’s a little over $3,000 away from her goal — and we want you to take part! By donating money to the cause, you’ll be supporting the BCF’s work to expose and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer.

We think that’s definitely worth supporting, and just for a little extra, we’re throwing in a little swag. We’ve got 20 Transporter duffles up for grabs for the first 20 people who donate $50+, and to top it off, a big pack prize to the person who puts us over the next $3,000 donated. So hop on over to Sarah’s fundraising page and help the cause and get the chance to score some sweet Osprey gear!

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