Hey guys, you all raised some great question and I'd be happy to answer.
To start off and to address the most asked questions about the money.
The logistics of the climbs are all privately funded with my own saving and our corporate sponsors. NONE of the money donated goes through, or to me. When you make a donation from our website or otherwise you are either re-directed to the CCA's website or it is collected directly by them. (Tax deductible) 100% of donations will go to them. I'll be even more poor when this is over.
Their a some great groups out there raising money for research but after sending time with some cancer survivors on Kili the biggest thing I took away was that they wished they had more support. I encourage you guys to look into the Children's Cancer Association and their programs. Take a peek at their ratings on Charity Navigator and look though their financial reports. Transparency is everything.
As for the reasons why and the link with climbing?
I feel that climbing has a great parallel with battling illness. Some of these kids see their cancer as a huge mountain they have to climb and just like us in the mountains some days you don't make progress, some days you get run off but if you keep working and keep going, you'll make it. I'm sure many of you have been touched by cancer in some way and can see the link. I just want to help shine the light on these amazing kids and help put some similes on their faces. Climbing in the big picture is a pretty selfish thing and like Yvon Chouinard said "Surfing and climbing are both useless sports. You get to be conquistadors of the useless" but I feel like if I'm going to spend a bunch of money I want it to benefit more than myself.
I'm more than happy to chat with anyone if they are interested in learning more!
You can contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or (206)504-3105