Two Burien Residents To Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro To Fight Breast Cancer

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Carol Roll on Mt. Rainier.

Carol Roll and Jameson Dowell of Burien are taking on an ambitious goal in support of research to improve prevention and early detection of breast cancer – this August they will be scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft) in Tanzania, Africa for the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer benefiting Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Mt. Kilimanjaro is the world’s largest free standing mountain and one of the Seven Summits. The Mt. Kilimanjaro climb will be Roll’s third time participating in Climb to Fight Breast Cancer. In 2007, she raised $8,000 and climbed to the top of Mt. Rainier – 14,411 ft. Last year she attempted Mt. Shasta in Northern California and raised $9,000 for The Hutch. Unfortunately she was not able to make the summit due to weather conditions but that hasn’t stopped Roll from continuing to climb on behalf of The Hutch. Roll grew up in the area and always enjoyed spending time outdoors hiking, camping and fishing. She first got inspired to climb after spending a couple weeks backpacking around the base of Mt. Rainier on the Wonderland Trail.

It is not just about reaching the top of a mountain though that inspires Roll to climb. After her second battle with breast cancer, Roll lost her aunt, Dr. Carol Folger, to breast cancer in 2001. She climbs in memory of her aunt in hopes that the funding she generates will one day lead to life saving research.

Dowell has already climbed many of the highest peaks in the Pacific Northwest including Rainier, Adams, Hood and Baker but this will be Dowell’s first time participating in Climb to Fight Breast Cancer. He is looking forward to giving back to the community while participating in an activity that he loves.

As part of their commitment to Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Roll and Dowell will together raise $20,000 for breast cancer research for their Mt. Kilimanjaro climb. More information and how to support their efforts can be founds here:

Jameson Dowell on Mt. Baker.

Climb to Fight Breast Cancer expeditions offer opportunities for participants of all skill levels to have fun and be challenged in honor of those who have battled breast cancer. Peaks to be offered this year include:

  • Mount Adams in Washington (12,276 feet)
  • Mount Baker in Washington (10,781 feet)
  • Denali in Alaska (20,320 feet)
  • Mount Elbrus in Russia (18,510 feet)
  • Mount Hood in Oregon (11,237 feet)
  • Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (19,340 feet)
  • Mount Olympus in Washington (7,980 feet)
  • Mount Rainier in Washington (14,411 feet)
  • Mount Shasta in California (14,179 feet)
  • Volcanoes of Mexico (Pico de Orizaba,18,850 feet; and Ixtaccíhuatl, 17,343 feet)

The “Volcanoes” climb will take place in October; the rest of the expeditions are scheduled for the spring and summer months.

Professional guides from Alpine Ascents International will lead expeditions to Denali, the Mexican volcanoes, Mount Elbrus, Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Olympus, Mount Rainier and Mount Baker. Shasta Mountain Guides leads the trek up Mount Shasta, and guides from Portland Parks & Recreation will lead teams up Mount Adams and Mount Hood. A full schedule of peaks, climb dates and routes can be found at

Each climb will have a limited number of team members – generally nine or 10 – as established by the guide services. Each participant commits to a fundraising minimum of $3,000 to $12,500, depending on the mountain.

Since the first Climb to Fight Breast Cancer 14 years ago on Mount Adams, the popular fundraiser has garnered more than $5 million in support of breast cancer research at the Hutchinson Center.

Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer and the second most common cause of cancer death among women in the United States. Scientists at the Hutchinson Center study many aspects of the disease, including preventive measures, risk factors and early detection. Details can be found here.

For more information or to register for the Climb to Fight Breast Cancer, visit or e-mail [email protected].

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