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Four Friends To Climb Everest For A Cure

World Record Holder of Most Everest Summits, Apa Sherpa, to Join Team

Salt Lake City, Utah - January 31, 2005 - Today, at the Outdoor Retailer Show in Salt Lake City, Chuck Huss, Dan Smith, Rob Chang and John Gray announced they have joined together to form the Everest Climbing For a Cure Expedition 2005 (ECFACE 2005) in an effort to reach the summit of the world’s tallest mountain in May of this year.

The four will also be joined by Everest legend Apa Sherpa as Expedition Sirdar. Apa is the world record holder of the most summits of Everest with 14.

In January 2005, the American Cancer Society announced that cancer has surpassed heart disease as the nation’s most lethal illness for those younger than 85. While many factors such as family history and environmental conditions are beyond one’s control, it is estimated that 60 to 70% of all cancer could be prevented through diet, exercise, and other healthy lifestyle choices.

That is why the team’s mission is to leverage community interest in their expedition to encourage individuals to make healthy diet, exercise and healthcare choices. In its efforts leading up to the climb of Everest and subsequent talks about the climb, ECFACE 2005 is devoted to motivating people to make smart nutritional choices, get moving, stop smoking and get screened for cancer quickly and early.

Working with partners such as the Breast Cancer Fund, the team is committed to speaking directly to over 100,000 people in a variety of corporate and community forums over the next year.

"Climbing a mountain like Everest, takes a lot of team work and making the right small decisions for success in the long-run," said Rob Chang, member of the team and founder of, “Living a healthy life also takes team work and realizing that small decisions can influence one’s long-term health. That is the message we will carry to the top of the world.”

The team will begin their trek to Everest Base Camp on April 3, 2005. They will be joined by Paula Stout, a former political and high-tech communications professional, as Base Camp Manager. Their expedition can be followed at

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