Survivor climbs for a cure

Iversen has eye on Mount Shasta to benefit Breast Cancer Fund

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What: Breast Cancer Fund benefit and good luck send-off for Rosanne Iversen's climb of Mount Shasta

Where: Cantina, 818 Lincoln Avenue

When: 6 p.m. Monday; grand prize drawing at 9 p.m.

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— Only a year out of chemotherapy, Steamboat Springs resident Rosanne Iversen's next uphill battle will be climbing Mount Shasta with other cancer survivors to benefit the Breast Cancer Fund.

"There's a lot of similarities between going through something like breast cancer and a climb. They're life-changing, transforming, and you come out of each of them a different person," Iversen said. "This is how I can give back, by giving back to breast cancer."

Iversen was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2007. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy last year. With her cancer now in remission, Iversen called the upcoming Climb Against the Odds as the final step to getting her life back.

Cantina will donate all proceeds from sales Monday to the Breast Cancer Fund in honor of Rosanne's climb. The Breast Cancer Fund, a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization founded in 1992, works to identify and eliminate environmental causes of breast cancer while also raising awareness of the disease and making it a public health priority.

A woman's lifetime risk of breast cancer is one in eight. Breast cancer incidence in the United States increased more than 40 percent between 1973 and 1998, according to the Breast Cancer Fund.

"Breast cancer is a cause I feel very strongly about, and I wanted to do what I could," said Cantina co-owner Kristi Brown, whose mother suffered from the disease. "I thought Rosanne's climb was certainly worthy of celebration."

Raffle tickets can be purchased at the door for prizes donated by SmartWool, Mountain Hardwear, Steamboat Pilates, Steamboat Springs Winter Sports Club, Orange Peel Cycles, Sweet Potato Lingerie, Ski Haus and Sport Stalker. The grand prize, a Moots road bike frame, is valued at $2,725.

Iversen has been training hard the past several months for her climb of Mount Shasta, which will take place June 15 to 21. She plans to bike 46 miles Sunday in celebration of her 46th birthday, and hiked Quandary Peak last weekend on skis.

The team of 33 survivors and supporters participating in Climb Against the Odds 2008 hails from eight states and the District of Columbia, Canada and Japan. Climbers range in age from 15 to 65.

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