Breast cancer patients and survivors to scale Malaysia’s highest peak

Going strong: The group of participants after one of the training sessions in Kem Lolo, Ulu Langat, recently.

Climb With Pride Kinabalu 2 will see 12 breast cancer patients and survivors climbing Mount Kinabalu in a five-day, four-night expedition to prove that they are living life to the fullest — even with breast cancer.

The expedition from June 13 to 17 is part of an empowerment programme organised by Pride Foundation in conjunction with its 10th anniversary.

Since February, Pride has been organising physical training sessions on Wednesdays and Sundays to build stamina and endurance in preparation for the climb.

Called the “Get Fit With Pride” programme, 11 training sessions have been conducted so far at various locations in Klang Valley, including Bukit Kiara, Bukit Gasing and Batu Caves.

While most training sessions emphasise on cardio, building stamina and resistance, the recent Tracking & Mountaineering Outing and Picnic at Kem Lolo in Ulu Langat provided a welcome relief for some fun and personal bonding.

Thanks to their earlier training sessions, all 25 participants, many of whom were breast cancer survivors, were able to complete the three-hour trek with little or no difficulty.

Pride Chairman Datuk Azrene Abdullah said the climb itself mirrored the daily lives of all breast cancer patients and survivors.

“Symbolically, the act of scaling the mountain is similar to the struggle of a patient in overcoming breast cancer,” said Azrene.

“This marks yet another significant milestone in extending Pride’s message that life doesn’t have to stop with breast cancer — there is life after breast cancer!” she added.

Four other similar outings have been scheduled leading to the actual climb, including scaling Gunung Datuk in Rembau, Negeri Sembilan on April 12; Bukit Kutu in Kuala Kubu Baru on April 26; Gunung Ledang in Segamat, Johor from May 30 to 31 and at Gunung Nuang, Hulu Langat, from June 6 to 7.

“As breast cancer survivors, we are challenging ourselves to take bigger steps and to reach out with a louder voice from a higher plain,” she added.

Corporations that would like to sponsor breast cancer survivors for the climb can contact Pride senior project manager Razina Abdul Razak at 03-7960 0366.

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