Ken Malik - Santa Rosa, CA

Ken Malik - Santa Rosa, CA

Ken Malik is the co-founder and executive director of the Prostate Awareness Foundation; He is one of the team leaders of this year’s expedition to Mt. Shasta.

The question always comes up: Why climb a mountain? The stock response is usually: because it is there. For me it goes much deeper than that. It is a chance to honor the good friends I have lost to cancer over the years. In 2016 alone I lost seven friends to cancer. So I will be honoring their memory in a special ceremony at the summit. I also plan to bring the ashes of two people very dear to me.

I attempted to reach the summit of Mt Shasta on the 2012 Cancer Climb and Trek for Prostate Awareness and I came within 600’ of the summit before I turned back due to a bad ankle sprain. On that climb, four of our twelve-member team were able to summit. This is a tough and challenging mountain. This time it would be nice to reach the summit, but I have understood for a long time that it is not so much the destination but the journey that is important.

I do feel fortunate that my body at 71 years old is still in good enough shape to mountain climb. I attribute this to my over 21 years of holding my prostate cancer at bay using a strict diet, regular daily exercise and stress management. I feel very lucky to have caught my disease early and be able to stall its progression without the need for conventional intervention. Men and their families need to know that cancer does not have to be the end of a rich and rewarding life.

I think it’s incredibly important that organizations like the PAF continue to offer men free, patient driven information about how to take a pro-active approach to prostate health. It’s the main reason I’m climbing once again. Won’t you please support my efforts with a generous tax deductible donation to the PAF?

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Ralph Lake

Ralph Lake

This will be my 12th Cancer Climb for Prostate Awareness. These climbs are a great way to spread the message. It seems like no family these days goes untouched by cancer. My father and four uncles were diagnosed with cancer. It seems like there’s an epidemic going on.

My old high school classmate Ken Malik and I became reacquainted eighteen years ago and he has really given me an education about prostate cancer. As a retiree, I don’t want to become another statistic. With the awareness I have gained about prostate health, I am taking a positive, proactive position in regard to prostate cancer prevention. I believe that awareness and personal action are key elements to prevention, early detection, and the early treatments that save lives.

I’m an avid outdoorsman and I’m looking forward to the climb and trek at Mt Shasta. I had never considered myself a mountain climber before I got involved with PAF, but I’m in pretty good shape and this is a great way of giving something back while learning more about how to prevent prostate cancer. I’m up for the challenge and hope you will support my efforts. Thank you in advance for your participation and generous tax deductible donation to the PAF.

Ralph Lake is a retired engineer and resides in Austin, Texas. He is on the board of directors of the Prostate Awareness Foundation. Ralph has been an avid outdoorsman all his life. Once again this year, Ralph will be one the expedition leaders.

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Steve Massaro

Steve Massaro - Del Valle, TX

My experience with prostate cancer is two-fold. First, my grandfather had it in his later years of life. Although it did not cause his death it did cause considerable misery from both the treatments and the cancer itself.

I had my own run in with prostate cancer. I had a high PSA level on a routine exam about 15 years ago, then had a biopsy with the usual unpleasant after effects. Thankfully the biopsy came back negative. I’m afraid to go through that again having read that biopsies can possibly free up otherwise slow growing cancer cells to travel elsewhere in the body. So I have adopted a pro-active approach to my prostate health which includes a prostate friendly diet and increased exercise and hope that will keep any prostate problems at bay.

Thank you for supporting my efforts to reach the summit of Mt Shasta. I have never attempted a technical climb on snow and ice before. I look forward to the challenge with some apprehension, and lots of excitement.

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Jeanette Lebell

Jeanette Lebell

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Don & Janet Naples

Don & Janet Naples

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Robin

Robin

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William Hartley

William Hartley

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Kaitlyn Hartley

Kaitlyn Hartley

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Tom & Josie Lennon, San Francisco, CA

Tom Lennon & Josie - San Francisco, CA

I’m an eight year veteran of prostate cancer. I’m happy to report that my prostate cancer has not progressed. In fact my latest biopsy conducted at UCSF Medical Center could not provide a Gleason score as my tumors were undetectable. I feel fortunate that I was diagnosed with an early stage cancer before it had a chance to progress. This gave me a chance to adopt the PAF recommendations on how to take a pro-active approach to dealing with prostate cancer. I eat a plant based diet along with vitamins and supplements. I can credit these serious lifestyle changes with this good biopsy news!

I have a partial knee replacement in both my knees. But a sensible exercise program allows me to continue my active lifestyle. I participate regularly on PAF Bay Area weekly hikes. I’ve also participated in a number of past Cancer Climb and Trek for Prostate Awareness expeditions.

I’m really looking forward to the Mt Shasta expedition, seeing old friends and making new ones. Won’t you please support my efforts with a generous tax deductible contribution to the PAF? Men need to know that they can stall prostate cancer disease progression using the Prostate Awareness Foundation model. These expeditions are the primary fundraising event for the PAF and helps the Foundation continue its important work. Thanks for your support.

Tom owns and operates Vintage Modern Antiques with his wife Josie and lives in San Francisco.

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Quincy Zlotnick

Quincy Zlotnick - Los Angeles, CA

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Oreoluwa Ogunyemi

Oreoluwa Ogunyemi “Dr. O” Los Angeles, CA

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