Another Successful Summit for Climb Against the Odds

On June 20, 2013, 27 unrelated people ascended Mt. Shasta as a team. Sixteen of those people reached the summit at 14,179-feet. Eleven ascended to a personal summit of equal significance. There may have been more climbers on the dormant volcano in Northern California that day, but these 27 individuals carried the weight of advocacy and the hope of improving a life for themselves or someone they love.

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The unifying factor of the 27 athletes is that they are all either breast cancer survivors or their lives have been directly affected by the disease. Individually, they trained for months to prepare for the climb. Together, they challenged their physical limits and raised approximately $400,000.00 for The Breast Cancer Fund.

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Photo: Breast Cancer Fund via flickr.com

Ibex has been a longtime supporter of Climb Against the Odds, an event sponsored by The Breast Cancer Fund. Our own Amy Legate has participated several times. Climbing became an unintentionally perfect metaphor for the organization, which aims to aims to “expose and eliminate the environmental causes of breast cancer.” It’s not about uphill battles or hardship. It’s about teamwork and the awe-inspiring goals we can accomplish when we take one step at a time.

As a company, we’re hit up all the time for sponsorship dollars and products. At first, it’s hard to say no. Eventually, you realize the only way to survive is to be selective and to only support events and organizations that advocate for a lifestyle we ourselves believe in. It’s less about branding and more about what speaks to our hearts.

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Photo: Breast Cancer Fund via flickr.com

The Breast Cancer Fund and Climb Against the Odds do just that. While many organizations are fighting for a cure to cancer, The Breast Cancer Fund is resolute in its mission to prevent breast cancer in the first place by eradicating carcinogenic chemicals in products we use every day. As one of several events hosted by the organization, Climb Against the Odds brings together a lofty goal, physical challenge, passion and teamwork.

Ibex believes in the mission of prevention. As a natural fiber clothing company, we firmly believe in minimizing the chemicals used in much apparel manufacturing. And, of course, we believe in the power of movement as source of good for our minds and our world.

If you’d like to learn more about Climb Against the Odds or join the team for 2014, click here.

For more information on The Breast Cancer Fund and to learn more about the toxic chemicals in consumer goods, click here.