Cancer survivors plan Mt. Everest concert |

Cancer survivors plan Mt. Everest concert

Binaj Gurubacharya
Associated Press
Vail, CO Colorado

KATMANDU, Nepal ” Mount Everest will host what organizers said Wednesday will be the world’s highest ever musical concert, planned by a group of cancer survivors and their supporters to help raise awareness of the disease.

A group of 38, including seven cancer survivors, plan to leave the Nepalese capital, Katmandu on Oct. 13 and trek to the 5,500-meter (18,200-foot) high Kalapathar hill for the Oct. 21 concert, said James Chippendale of the Denver, Colorado-based Love Hope Strength foundation.

Kalapathar is near the Mount Everest base camp known among trekkers for spectacular views of the mountains including the world’s highest peak.

“The concert signifies our climb back from cancer and inspire others to climb back from cancer,” Chippendale said in Katmandu. “We are taking the battle against cancer to new heights.”

Chippendale, 39, from Dallas, Texas, is himself a cancer survivor who was treated in 2000 with a bone marrow transplant and has been living a healthy life since.

There are seven cancer survivors among the 38 people from the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and France who will trek to the foothills of Everest.

Money raised from the project will help buy equipment for the Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital near Katmandu.

Six musicians from the United States and Britain will perform at the concert ” Mike Peters of the British band The Alarm, Slim Jim Phantom of the Stray Cats, Cy Curnin and Jamie West of the Fixx, Glen Tillbrook of the Squeeze and Nick Harper.

Chippendale said they have checked with the Guinness Book of World Records and other record books and confirmed it would be the highest concert ever.

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