Local man plans Mount Adams summit Aug. 28-29
Chris Henrickson lost his father, Glen, to metastatic melanoma in August 2001. His father was only 52.
“My dad received prompt, attentive, and knowledgeable care,” Chris says of Harrison Medical Center’s cancer program. “I just want to make sure that cancer care is ever-evolving at Harrison.”
To that end, Chris, an avid outdoorsman, will climb to the summit of Mount Adams via South Trail 183 on Aug. 28 and 29 to raise funds for Harrison’s cancer care program and to honor the memory of his father. More than $3,000 has been raised so far. Chris’s goal is $5,000. To learn more, follow Chris’s blog at www.lewischapel.com.
Chris, 32, grew up in Silverdale. His father was an outstanding local business leader who participated in the Bremerton Rotary for many years, was a member of the Kitsap Golf & Country Club, past board member of the Harrison Foundation, and past board member of the Washington State Funeral Director’s Association. He was president and owner of Bremerton’s Lewis Funeral Chapel & Forest Lawn Cemetery and The Stone Chapel Poulsbo Mortuary at Cherry Grove Memorial Park. Chris continues as president and co-owner today.
Each year, Chris trains for a major climb. After his 2008 summit of Mt. St. Helens, he thought of how he could make his climbs about more than personal achievement.
“I wanted to do something for the (Harrison) Foundation in my father’s name for cancer care education efforts,” he says. “‘Climb for Cancer Care’ was my vision.”
Chris will begin his Mount Adams ascent on Aug. 28 and climb to about 9,000 feet the first day where he’ll camp at Lunch Counter. He plans to summit and then make his way down the mountain on Aug. 29. Chris will document the climb via photos and video, which will be posted on the Harrison Foundation website, www.harrisonfoundation.org.
“We’re taking time to do the climb over two days,” says Chris. “We’re doing it right and safe.”
A gift or pledge in support of Chris’s ‘Climb for Cancer Care’ will make an immediate impact on the lives of hundreds of local patients and their families. The generous support of our community is vital to our ability to provide life-changing cancer-care services at Harrison. For information about making a tax-deductible donation, call the Harrison Foundation at 360-744-6760 or visit www.harrisonfoundation.org/events/cancer_climb.php
About Mount Adams
Mount Adams, with a summit elevation of 12,276 feet, is the second most massive and the third tallest volcano in the Cascade mountain range. It is the second highest peak in Washington State, located in the eastern Cascades, east of Mount Saint Helens and north of Mount Hood. Its eruptive volume is about 48 cubic miles and only Mount Shasta is larger in volume in the Cascades. About 60 percent of the mountain is in the Mount Adams Wilderness while the remainder (the East Side) was returned to the Yakima Indian Reservation. Mount Adams is Wilderness, designated by Congress in 1964 as part of the National Wilderness Preservation System. A Wilderness, in contrast to other federal land designations, is protected and managed to preserve its natural condition.
About Harrison’s cancer program
Harrison Medical Center’s cancer program has been accredited by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer (CoC) for more than 20 years, most recently receiving the CoC’s highest accreditation level with commendation. Harrison’s nationally recognized Oncology Services provides a comprehensive range of sophisticated cancer treatments with the newest drug protocols; intensity-modulated and image-guided radiation therapy; and chemotherapy regimens.
The program also provides complementary therapies, support groups, and the services of patient navigators to guide patients through the complexities of cancer care. Three facilities are dedicated to the unique needs of patients with cancer.