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New Event Fights Cancer in a Uniquely New Hampshire Way

September 12, 2013
Lebanon, NH

Moosilauke Mountains

Dartmouth's Mountain serves as challenge to raise money for Northern New England's Only NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center

The challenge to cure cancer will reach new heights this month when the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center hosts "Climb to Conquer Breast Cancer" on Mt. Moosilauke, on Sept. 28 and 29. The first Friends climbing event in New Hampshire, the two-day event will feature a special look at the latest breast cancer research, an overnight stay and dinner at Ravine Lodge, tips on climbing from LLBean, and a climb up the peak that's long been known as "Dartmouth's Mountain."

"We're thrilled to make visiting and hiking Mt. Moosilauke part of our fundraising," said Jean Brown, executive director of the Friends of Norris Cotton Cancer Center. "We're gearing the hike to all levels of hikers, so no matter how far you get up the mountain, you will be part of a very special group of Cancer Center supporters."

Climb to Conquer Breast Cancer participants are asked to reach a minimum fundraising amount of $200 which benefits the Norris Cotton Cancer Center. Additionally, there is a registration fee of $55 that covers the cost of spending the night and meals at Ravine Lodge, and is non-refundable. Complete information, including registration, for the Climb to Conquer and other Reach for the Peaks events is on the Web at: http://dhmcalumdev.hitchcock.org/climb-to-conquer-breast-cancer-about-mt.-moosilauke-and-doc

"There's something so apt about making a mountain, especially 'Dartmouth's Mountain,' the centerpiece of a new fundraising program for Norris Cotton Cancer Center," said Brown. "Mt. Moosilauke is a wonderful metaphor for the long climbs to survive and cure breast cancer. This will be a great day for breast cancer survivors, for the Cancer Center, and for anyone who loves hiking in the beautiful White Mountains."

Moosilauke Backgrounder

Mt. Moosilauke is the western sentinel of New Hampshire's White Mountains. The view from the peak affords spectacular views across the Upper Valley far into Vermont as well as north and east all the way to Franconia Ridge and even the Presidential Range. At 4,802 feet, Moosilauke towers like a benevolent guardian over the small towns of west-central New Hampshire. The mountain is rich in history – some of the first ski races in North America took place on its slopes – and it has long been associated with Dartmouth College and Dartmouth's Outing Club, the oldest collegiate outing club in the United States. Generations of Dartmouth students have hiked the mountain on annual Freshman Trips. A hike to Mt. Moosilauke's bare summit is a pleasure in any season and is taken on by hundreds of Dartmouth students, alumni, and New England hikers every year.

About Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center

The Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center combines advanced cancer research at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth with patient-centered cancer care provided at Dartmouth-Hitchcock, at NCCC regional locations in Manchester, Keene, and Nashua, N.H., and St. Johnsbury, Vt., and at 12 partner hospitals throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. It is recognized and designated by the National Cancer Institute for its breadth and depth of research, education and outreach as one of just 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the U.S.  Learn more about Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center research, programs, and clinical trials online at cancer.dartmouth.edu.

For more information contact Rebecca Gray at (603) 653-3628.

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