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Freeland man to hike Baker for cancer research benefit

Chris Kesler will tackle all 10,781 feet of Mount Baker this summer.

The Freeland man’s aim is more than standing atop one of Washington’s highest peaks. Kesler’s goal is to raise $5,000 for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Each year, the laboratory sponsors several fundraising climbs to Mount Rainier, Mount Adams, Mount Baker and other peaks.

Last year, Kesler hiked Mount Adams with his work group, Bellevue-based Lydig Construction, raising $110,000.

“Once again I have accepted the challenge to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer,” Kesler wrote in his hike announcement.

The hike will be July 25-27. Six six other climbers will join Kesler’s attempt to summit Mount Baker, the third highest mountain in Washington.

“As my favorite artist, Dave Mathews, says, ‘You gotta do much more than believe if you really want to change things,’” Kesler wrote. “I believe one in eight women shouldn’t have breast cancer as part of their lives. The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is all about this change.”

Kesler set fundraising milestones of $3,000 by June 1 and full funding of $5,000 by July 28.

Donations may be made on Kesler’s online page.

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