The Max Foundation Climbs Mount Kinabalu

In July 2017, a team of leukemia patients, Max team members, partners, and advocates climbed Mount Kinabalu. Together, they raised over $100,000 USD from their generous community of donors to provide access to treatment, care, and support for people living with cancer! The trip, inspired by our friend Tony Leo and his cancer journey, allowed us to hear first-hand stories from patients facing cancer, and challenged us with an unforgettable climb up Mount Kinabalu!

Our travelers fundraised to support The Max Foundation’s work in Malaysia, helping people face their cancer diagnosis with dignity and hope. The funds raised are going towards:

  • Providing critical support and education programs for patients
  • Raising awareness of early diagnosis and treatment access
  • Developing leaders and patient advocates.

Watch the climbers take on Mount Kinabalu

Tony’s 10 Year Climb

10 years ago, Tony attempted to climb Mount Kinabalu, but his fatigue and massive headaches kept him from reaching the top. He knew something was wrong, and after a trip to the doctor, Tony learned he had chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). But thanks to The Max Foundation, Tony was able to gain access to the life-saving treatment he would need to survive. Over the next decade, Tony would learn to manage his disease and live beyond his cancer.

To celebrate, we challenged Tony to another attempt up Mount Kinabalu. And this time, he made it!

About Mt. Kinabalu

Mt. Kinabalu is the tallest peak in Borneo’s Crocker Range (4,095 meters, 13,435 feet). It’s the fourth tallest mountain in the Malay Archipelago after Papau’s Puncak Jaya, Puncak Trikora, and Puncak Mandala. As the 20th tallest mountain in the world, it’s been named a UNESCO World Heritage site and is world renowned for its beauty and nature. Low’s Peak can be climbed by a person in good physical condition and there is no need for mountaineering equipment at any point on the main route.

Fundraising

In addition to the cost of travel, attendees also had to fundraise or donate personally to support The Max Foundation’s work in Malaysia. Each attendee was responsible for raising $2,000 or 2,000 MYR.