BELLINGHAM — Dave Mauro, a Bellingham resident and mountaineer who has summited the highest peak on every continent, will participate March 31 in the Northwest Cancer Climb at Blanchard Mountain.
The event is a fundraising hike to the top of Oyster Dome. Proceeds will benefit the Binaytara Foundation, a cancer health nonprofit based in Bellingham. Along with hosting local cancer patient education events, its projects include establishing a cancer center in Nepal, and expanding hospice and palliative care programs in Nepal and India.
Mauro said his connection with the people of Nepal spurred him to sign up for the Northwest Cancer Climb. He has been to Nepal to summit Mt. Everest.
“Healthcare in Nepal is lacking throughout much of the country,” he said. “Anything we can do to improve their healthcare system helps immensely.”
Those participating in the hike will have a chance to meet and even hike with Mauro, who lately has been busy touring to promote his book “The Altitude Journals.” The book, to be released in May, documents his journey conquering the highest peak in each continent, known as the Seven Summits.
This isn’t the first time Mauro has helped raise funds to benefit the people of Nepal. Following the 2015 earthquake, he helped provide money and relief to Nepal
Registration for the Northwest Cancer Climb is open through mid-March. Those who register will be given a T-shirt, water, and snacks. Those that reach the summit will be entered to win prizes, including a one-night stay for two at the Fairhaven Village Inn, Seattle Mariners tickets, and more.
Binaytara Foundation (BTF) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. BTF’s charitable projects include, but are not limited to, a bone marrow transplant center, international hospice programs, cancer conferences for healthcare providers and patients, and research grants in resource-poor communities. For more information on BTF projects, visit binayfoundation.org.