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Climbing event raises money for young adult cancer suvivors, patients

4:54 PM, Mar 2, 2013   |    comments
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A local sporting store hosted a national event to raise money and awareness for young adults fighting cancer on Saturday morning.

First Descents held a "Climb-a-thon" at River Sports Outfitters near downtown Knoxville. This event was one of at least 20 climbing gyms participating across the country.

This movement challenged people to help it reach its goal of climbing 70,000 vertical feet, which is approximately the same number of young adults who are diagnosed with cancer every year.

The First Descents is a group that provides free outdoor adventure camps for survivors and people fighting cancer. These camps provide them with the opportunity to bond with other patients and gain back their confidence.

Organizers said they helped raised $1,400 through Saturday's fundraiser. One-thousand dollars sends one young adult battling cancer to camp for a week.

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