Ken Malik - Santa Rosa, CA

Ken Malik - Santa Rosa, CA - Donation total:$5,836

I am celebrating my 19th year since being diagnosed with prostate cancer. Why am I celebrating? Because I have been able to avoid conventional treatment all this time. I have learned to take a more pro-active position with my prostate health. It includes eating a strict prostate friendly diet, daily exercise, and meditation for stress reduction. So for me, being diagnosed with prostate cancer has actually been a positive experience. I feel terrific. I also feel very fortunate to have caught my disease early, it was a major wake - up call! I have been able to stall my disease progression and avoid an aggressive intervention like surgery or radiation. I think it is incredibly important that organizations like the PAF continue to offer men free, patient driven information about prostate health. It is the main reason I am climbing for PAF again this year.

Part of my personal prostate cancer protocol is staying in top physical condition. The latest research indicates that men who have the most consistent exercise programs seem to have the least prostate cancer disease progression.This has been my rational for continued mountain climbing at the ripe old age of sixty nine.

I have participated in all of the past expeditions, sometimes I’ve made it to the top of the mountain and sometimes I haven’t but they have all been personally gratifying expeditions. Along the way I have learned it is the journey not the destination that is important.

I helped found the PAF back in 1995. The Foundation's mission is to encourage men to take proactive responsibility for prevention, regular checkups and their prostate health. I am proud to have the opportunity to participate in this year's climb. Please help make our expedition a success by contributing in my behalf. Your generous support is tax deductible and will help the PAF reach more men and their families with valuable prostate health information.

Ken Malik is the co-founder and executive director of the Prostate Awareness Foundation, He is the team leader of this year's expedition.

Please support my efforts on this expedition with a tax deductible contribution. Following is a list of Donor Levels and Commemortive gifts:

1. Trailhead $40 Wallet card commemorating the climb with Keys to Prostate Health on the back

2. Base Camp $60 Yosemite High Country Patch

3. High Camp $150 All of the above, plus the name of a loved one dealing with cancer placed on the banner we carry to the summit.

4. Summit $250+ All of the above plus a commemorative memento of this year’s expedition to Yosemite

5. Expedition $ Donation in any amount to assist the PAF and it’s mission.

You can donate by credit card by visiting

Or if you would like to contribute by check please make it out to PAF and mail to: PAF, PO Box # 2934, Santa Rosa, CA 95405


John Bohan - Sonoma, CA

John Bohan - Sonoma, CA - Donation total:$1,605

A few months ago I was diagnosed with prostate cancer. I knew it was common for someone my age (71) to be diagnosed with Prostate Cancer but I had little idea regarding the consequences. My Urologist encouraged me to look into radiation treatment. At the same time, a friend encouraged me to contact the Prostate Awareness Foundation. I started going to support group meetings, reading books and articles, and attending seminars. I found that Prostate Cancer can be treated thru diet, exercise, stress reduction and inspiration. My PSA dropped from 10.4 to 5.2 almost immediately. My Urologist is now recommending active surveillance over radiation or surgery.

I cannot over state the positive impact the Prostate Awareness Foundation has had on me. When one considers the side effects of radiation or surgery and the recurrence potentials of the cancer after these treatments, it makes so much more sense to try taking care of yourself as the first option.

This year's trip to Yosemite promises to be a chance to share awareness and support while exercising and eating right in one of the most beautiful environments on the planet.

Please contribute to the Prostate Awareness Foundation by supporting my participation in this expedition. Following is a list of Donor Levels and Commemortive gifts:

1. Trailhead $40 Wallet card commemorating the climb with Keys to Prostate Health on the back

2. Base Camp $60 Yosemite High Country Patch

3. High Camp $150 All of the above, plus the name of a loved one dealing with cancer placed on the banner we carry to the summit.

4. Summit $250+ All of the above plus a commemorative memento of this year’s expedition to Yosemite

5. Expedition $ Donation in any amount to assist the PAF and it’s mission.

You can donate by credit card by visiting

Or if you would like to contribute by check please make it out to PAF and mail to: PAF, PO Box # 2934, Santa Rosa, CA 95405


 

Dave Massen

Dave Massen - San Francisco, CA - Donation total:$1,210

I'm participating in this year's Cancer Climb to give back to the Prostate Awareness Foundation which has given so much to me, and because I love Yosemite and the fellowship of the men I've met through the PAF support group meetings.

I hope you'll contribute toward the $2,000 I need to raise to go on the trip, in order to support the valuable services the PAF provides to men with prostate cancer. It's a fairly common diagnosis, which too often leads men to undergo surgery or radiation and suffer side effects when lifestyle changes - diet, exercise and stress reduction - are enough to control the disease, if it's mild. In my case, healthy
changes seem to have done the job.

I was diagnosed with a small amount of moderately aggressive cancer in December of 2011 (nice Christmas present). I learned that a vegan diet (avoiding animal protein) could help before I found the PAF, but Ken and the group helped me to fine-tune. They told me about a specialist that I wouldn't have found otherwise, and helped me with my worries and certain decisions before I became confident that things are under control.

The PAF is not connected with any hospital, and doesn't accept contributions from pharmaceutical companies, so that it can always give independent advice. Finding Ken and the PAF was just what I needed.

Dave Massen, May 2014

Following is a list of Donor Levels and Commemortive gifts:

1. Trailhead $40 Wallet card commemorating the climb with Keys to Prostate Health on the back

2. Base Camp $60 Yosemite High Country Patch

3. High Camp $150 All of the above, plus the name of a loved one dealing with cancer placed on the banner we carry to the summit.

4. Summit $250+ All of the above plus a commemorative memento of this year’s expedition to Yosemite

5. Expedition $ Donation in any amount to assist the PAF and it’s mission.

You can donate by credit card by visiting

Or if you would like to contribute by check please make it out to PAF and mail to: PAF, PO Box # 2934, Santa Rosa, CA 95405


Walter Radtke

Walter Radtke - Santa Rosa, CA - Volunteer

I met Ken Malik after I moved into our senior apartment complex in Santa Rosa two years ago. We hit it off with a number of shared interests in history, music and film, and we started a movie club at the apartments. It was not long before he recounted his long odyssey with prostate cancer and his creation of the PAF. I had fallen out of shape after moving back to California from Oregon a year and a half previously and knew that if I were to enjoy my 70 years on the planet for much longer, I would have to start getting active again. My first hike with Ken at Sugarloaf State Park in our neighborhood left me wheezing and muscle sore and realizing how out of shape I really was. In order to not be a ball and chain for Ken and his other PAF hikers who joined us, I started a regimen of long power walks on the local creek trails. This helped me keep up with the seasoned hikers, expanded my circle of friendships and got me fired up to enjoy exploring the outdoors again as I did as a kid and teenager.

Ken and I ride mountain bikes and hike every weekend now and joining up with the PAF for the Yosemite expedition seemed a natural. I am really looking forward to the trip and its adventures and helping out with some of the logistics. Knowing Ken has probably added 5+ years to my life, so, although I do not have prostate issues, I am enjoying my involvement with the PAF as a way of saying thanks and a way of enjoying some excellent fellowship.

Walter is one of the expeditions volunteers and will be the “official” passenger van driver. You can make a tax-deductible donation to the PAF on his behalf by clicking the donate button below. Please click on the link below, it is easy.

Walter Radtke, March 2014

Following is a list of Donor Levels and Commemortive gifts:

1. Trailhead $40 Wallet card commemorating the climb with Keys to Prostate Health on the back

2. Base Camp $60 Yosemite High Country Patch

3. High Camp $150 All of the above, plus the name of a loved one dealing with cancer placed on the banner we carry to the summit.

4. Summit $250+ All of the above plus a commemorative memento of this year’s expedition to Yosemite

5. Expedition $ Donation in any amount to assist the PAF and it’s mission.

You can donate by credit card by visiting

Or if you would like to contribute by check please make it out to PAF and mail to: PAF, PO Box # 2934, Santa Rosa, CA 95405


Tim Englebert - Alameda, CA

Tim Englert - Alameda, CA - Donation total:$500

Three years ago I was diagnosed, by needle biopsy, with “early stage, low risk” prostate cancer, Gleason grade 3+3. Needless to say, my world started spinning after hearing that dreaded word. I immediately started in on my new hobby, learning everything I could about prostate cancer and the various treatment options. Fortunately I also learned about the Prostate Awareness Foundation, close by in San Francisco, and became a regular attendee. Here was all the information and support I wasn’t getting from my HMO. I made big changes in my diet and exercise plans and returned to meditating, with a teacher I met at a PAF meeting.

A year after my first biopsy, a second one showed slightly more cancer. My Urologists were turning up the heat to eventually "do something" about it, meaning surgery or radiation. I continued my pro-active surveillance program and went on plenty of hikes with the PAF, including the 2012 trip up Mt. Shasta.

A few months ago I got a third biopsy, which I was dreading. To my amazement, this one showed only a small amount of "atypical" cells which really could not be called cancer. By giving my body every advantage over early-stage disease, I was able to achieve good results without debilitating surgery. The PAF deserves a lot of credit, and your support, for providing this vital alternative viewpoint for men dealing with a diagnosis of prostate cancer. Please you support my efforts to help PAF reach more men and their loved ones with a tax deductible donation? Please click on the link below, it is easy.

Tim Englert, March 2014

Following is a list of Donor Levels and Commemortive gifts:

1. Trailhead $40 Wallet card commemorating the climb with Keys to Prostate Health on the back

2. Base Camp $60 Yosemite High Country Patch

3. High Camp $150 All of the above, plus the name of a loved one dealing with cancer placed on the banner we carry to the summit.

4. Summit $250+ All of the above plus a commemorative memento of this year’s expedition to Yosemite

5. Expedition $ Donation in any amount to assist the PAF and it’s mission.

You can donate by credit card by visiting

Or if you would like to contribute by check please make it out to PAF and mail to: PAF, PO Box # 2934, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Tom Lennon - San Francisco, CA

Tom Lennon, San Francisco, CA Donation - total:$1,505

I am a 63 year old antique dealer. I was diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer in 2008. I have been attending PAF support group meetings in San Francisco since diagnosis. I also participate when I can in weekly PAF sponsored hikes around the bay area. In 2012 I was on the Mt Shasta Cancer Climb for Prostate Awareness expedition, it was an awesome experience. Just getting in shape for these expeditions is challenging and rewarding. I am looking forward to the Yosemite expedition. They are great ways to motivate me to stay in shape, a key component of retarding prostate cancer disease progression. I credit Ken and the PAF with increasing my understanding of prostate cancer and providing important emotional support. It will be great to have my wife Josie on this years expedition and the opportunity to share a memorable experience in the mountains. Thanks for your generous Tax deductible support of our efforts. Tom & Josie live in the Sunset district of San Francisco and together have an antique business called Vintage Modern. Please click on the link below, it is easy.

Tom Lennon, May 2014

Following is a list of Donor Levels and Commemortive gifts:

1. Trailhead $40 Wallet card commemorating the climb with Keys to Prostate Health on the back

2. Base Camp $60 Yosemite High Country Patch

3. High Camp $150 All of the above, plus the name of a loved one dealing with cancer placed on the banner we carry to the summit.

4. Summit $250+ All of the above plus a commemorative memento of this year’s expedition to Yosemite

5. Expedition $ Donation in any amount to assist the PAF and it’s mission.

You can donate by credit card by visiting

Or if you would like to contribute by check please make it out to PAF and mail to: PAF, PO Box # 2934, Santa Rosa, CA 95405

Rick Mohovich - Upper Saddle River, NJ

Team Mohovich - Upper Saddle River, NJ - Donation total:$916

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer seventeen years ago. What a journey it has been 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. This will be my tenth expedition with the PAF; they have all been memorable experiences. I am proud to have my son Shawn along on the Yosemite expedition; he has been on a few other PAF climbs (so has my daughter Lynette). We’ve been to so many incredible places I never would have visited. 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 am looking forward to this year’s expedition and spending time in the High Sierra. It give 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 families free, sane council and proactive advice on prostate health.

Rick is a contractor in Northern New Jersey. Shawn is an architect and contractor residing in New Haven. Rick is a regular participant along with his son Shawn in “Make A Difference” an organization that helps repair and build homes after disasters like Katrina and the Haitian Earthquake. They thank you for your generous, tax deductible donation.

Please click on the link below, it is easy.

Tom Mohovich, May 2014

Following is a list of Donor Levels and Commemortive gifts:

1. Trailhead $40 Wallet card commemorating the climb with Keys to Prostate Health on the back

2. Base Camp $60 Yosemite High Country Patch

3. High Camp $150 All of the above, plus the name of a loved one dealing with cancer placed on the banner we carry to the summit.

4. Summit $250+ All of the above plus a commemorative memento of this year’s expedition to Yosemite

5. Expedition $ Donation in any amount to assist the PAF and it’s mission.

You can donate by credit card by visiting

Or if you would like to contribute by check please make it out to PAF and mail to: PAF, PO Box # 2934, Santa Rosa, CA 95405


Ralph Lake -

Ralph Lake - Austin, TX - Donation total:$2,500

Here I go again. This will be my 9th 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 and most recently three good friends were told they have prostate cancer. It seems like there is an epidemic going on.

My old high school classmate Ken Malik and I became reacquainted a few 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 personal action 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 the climb this year and trek in the Yosemite National Park. 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.

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.

Ralph Lake, May 2014

Following is a list of Donor Levels and Commemortive gifts:

1. Trailhead $40 Wallet card commemorating the climb with Keys to Prostate Health on the back

2. Base Camp $60 Yosemite High Country Patch

3. High Camp $150 All of the above, plus the name of a loved one dealing with cancer placed on the banner we carry to the summit.

4. Summit $250+ All of the above plus a commemorative memento of this year’s expedition to Yosemite

5. Expedition $ Donation in any amount to assist the PAF and it’s mission.

You can donate by credit card by visiting

Or if you would like to contribute by check please make it out to PAF and mail to: PAF, PO Box # 2934, Santa Rosa, CA 95405