Ken Malik - Santa Rosa, CA

Ken Malik – Santa Rosa, CA

I’m celebrating over a quarter of a century living with prostate cancer. My 50th birthday present in 1995 was a prostate cancer diagnosis. When I founded the Prostate Awareness Foundation my goal was to have the PAF help men and their families deal with prostate problems with patient driven, non-biased information. That mission has not changed.

Personally, I was able to keep my disease at bay for 25 years with a prostate friendly diet, a regular exercise program and a number of stress management techniques. I feel so fortunate. These lifestyle changes have also helped me to avoid many of the common diseases of aging including heart disease, blood and cholesterol issues. I can honestly say that my prostate cancer at this point has been a life changing and positive experience.

In March of 2020 right before Covid struck I had a radical prostatectomy to have my prostate removed by a world renowned prostate specialist using a robot. My time had come, a new PSMA Pet scan had indicated, although my cancer had not metastasized it was close to doing that. I still maintain my aggressive, proactive approach to maintaining my prostate health.

I have been on all 19 of the previous Cancer Climb and Trek for Prostate Awareness expeditions and I’m hoping this will not be my last. The goals have not changed since 2001: 1) Inspire men and their families with the knowledge that there can be rich and rewarding life after a cancer diagnosis. 2) To raise critically needed funding for the PAF so it can expand its important outreach programs. 3) Spread the word about prostate health issues. I am proud to have the opportunity to participate once again.

We need your help if we are to be successful in reaching our fundraising goals and maintain the PAF. Please join us in spirit in September when we attempt the summits of two of the highest mountains in the Pyrenees.

Many thanks in advance for your generous contribution.

Ken Malik is the co-founder and executive director of the Prostate Awareness Foundation.

You can support the PAF by making a tax-deductible donation via PayPal using your PayPal account or a credit card using the ‘Donate” button below. Thanks for your support.

Read more of Ken’s Story


Ralph Lake

Ralph Lake – Austin, TX

I have been on most of the twenty Cancer Climbs and Treks for Prostate Awareness expeditions. The 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 and most recently several friends were told they have cancer. It seems like there is an epidemic going on.

My old high school friend Ken Malik and I became reacquainted 20 years ago and he has really given me an education about prostate cancer. As a retiree, I do not 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 the personal actions advocated by the PAF (diet, exercise, stress management techniques and positive attitude…) are key elements to prevention, early detection, and the early treatments that save lives.

I am an avid outdoorsman and I am looking forward to this years expedition to the Pyrenees Mountains in France and Spain. I had never considered myself a mountain climber before I got involved with PAF, but I am in pretty good shape and this is a great way of giving something back while learning more about how to prevent prostate cancer. I am up for the challenge and hope you will support my efforts with a generous tax deductible contribution.

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


John Loesing

John Loesing – Austin, TX

No words can describe my twenty years of climbing with the Prostate Awareness Foundation team. Pain, struggle, accomplishment are just a few. I met Ken Malik two decades ago on the first climb for Prostate Cancer awareness at Mt Aconcagua in the southern Andes of Argentina. Since then we’ve tackled tall mountains in Africa, Europe, South America and the western United States on behalf of the PAF. As with life in general, sometimes we succeeded, sometimes we didn’t, but always we tried and always kept pushing for the top.

I climb again with the PAF team on this fall’s 20th Anniversary expedition to Mt Aneto, Spain because the work to inform men about the challenges of prostate cancer and how to cope with it is never done. We ask for your support.

My father had prostate cancer and, in the back of my mind always I suspected I could be a candidate for the disease too. Sure enough, in May of 2021, I was diagnosed with a low-stage tumor and will employ the aggressive watchful waiting approach as I near my 69th birthday. I climb because I can, because age, disease and the adversity they introduce should never be a deterrent. They’re not for me.

See you at the top.


Rick Mohovich

Rick Mohovich – New Jersey

Over twenty years ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. It’s been an unbelievable journey since then. I began with a program of active surveillance, graduated to a radical prostatectomy as my PSA began to climb, when that failed I had a full round of radiation. My journey has brought me all over the United States to see some of the most renowned prostate specialists available. My family has been so supportive through all of this.

As with any journey, you pick up many supportive people along the way. One of these has been Ken Malik and the Prostate Awareness Foundation. I have been on the majority of the Cancer Climbs & Treks for Prostate Awareness expeditions over the years, they have all been memorable experiences. I’ve been to so many incredible places I never would have visited and met so many great people. Training for and participating in these expeditions has been a great way to stay in shape, one of the key components of stalling disease progression.

I’m looking forward to this year’s expedition to the Pyrenees Mountains of France and Spain. It gives me a chance to see friends from past expeditions and meet new faces, learn the latest prostate health tips and an opportunity to support the PAF an organization that offers men and their family’s sane council and proactive advice on prostate health.

Rick is a contractor in Northern New Jersey. He lives with his wife June and is the proud father of Shawn and Lynette, both who have participated on prior expeditions.

To donate by credit card please follow the PayPal prompts or you can donate by check. Thanks for your support.


Climber photo coming soon

Erdem Tamguney

Climber story coming soon


Climber photo coming soon

Steve Massaro

Climber story coming soon


Climber photo coming soon

Tom Lennon

Climber story coming soon


Climber photo coming soon

Bill Hartley

Climber story coming soon


Climber photo coming soon

Brad Neal

Climber story coming soon


Climber photo coming soon

Jeanette Lebell

Climber story coming soon