For Immediate Release
November 12, 2008
Contact Ken Malik @ 415-675-5661

Cancer Climb & Trek on Mt Blanc in the Alps Will Generate Funding For Education and Outreach Programs for the Prostate Awareness Foundation

This summer prostate cancer veterans, their family members and supporters from the United States and Europe will converge on Chamonix in the French Alps to climb and trek on the Mt Blanc Massive. Mt Blanc is Europe’s highest peak at almost 16,000’ and is situated right on the borders of France, Italy and Switzerland. The expedition objective: climb over 15,000’ of elevation gain and descent while trekking over 60 miles in five days.

This will be the 11th Cancer Climb & Trek for Prostate Awareness. Prior expeditions have included Mt Aconcagua, Mt Kilimanjaro, Mt Cotopaxi, El Misti, Mt Elbert and Mt Massive in the Colorado Rockies, Summits in Yosemite and Glacier National Parks in the USA.

The expedition is designed to generate critically needed funding for education and outreach programs and also inspire men and their families with a message of hope. Prostate problem will affect one in five families in the United States and Europe and has reached epidemic proportions. The treatment options are controversial and recurrence rates are exceptionally high. There is no way to determine which men who are diagnosed will suffer disease progression and need aggressive treatment and those who do not.

The Prostate Awareness Foundation, the non-profit organization sponsoring the expedition provides men and their families with information about available treatment options both conventional and alternative. It also offers guidance about prevention and nutritional measures for good prostate health. PAF encourages men to take a proactive approach to dealing with prostate health and prostate cancer. The PAF website is located at

Ken Malik, one of this year’s expedition leaders, a co-founder of PAF and a sixteen year veteran of prostate cancer says “This is certainly not a walk in the park and will be a serious physical challenge for all those participating”. There will be six participants on this year’s expedition and their ages vary from the late sixties to the mid-thirties.

The expedition will be arriving in the Alps in late July from all over the United States and Europe. The expedition begins on July 31st. Malik says “we hope men and their families all over will support our efforts in spirit and financially to make this a rousing success”.  There is still room on the expedition, please contact Ken Malik at for details on how you can participate.