Brookwater resident to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for prostate cancer research
Monday, June 4 2012
Brookwater resident, Dr Stuart Philip, will climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania – the highest mountain in Africa – this coming August. The 5895 metre climb is a part of the Mater Foundation’s Climb for Cancer 2012 initiative aimed at raising funds for prostate cancer research.
Dr Philip said he simply could not miss the opportunity to partake in such a worthy cause.
“Every so often an opportunity comes along that simply cannot be missed,” Dr Philip said.
“Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro – one of the highest mountains in the world – is certainly not something you do every day, and is certainly an opportunity not to be missed.
“I am so excited to be able to help raise vital funds for the Climb for Cancer campaign which aims to raise vital funds for prostate cancer research,” he said.
Currently, there are 61,000 men fighting prostate cancer in Australia and another 20,000 will be diagnosed this year. As a Urological Surgeon at the Mater Hospital, Stuart is all too aware of the loss and heartbreak caused by this disease.
“One man dies from Prostate Cancer every three hours in Australia. I am looking forward to pushing my own physical limits so that hopefully the pain and suffering of others may be eased in the future,” Dr Philip said.
Stuart and his wife, Emma, reside in Brookwater’s The Vista precinct along with their two children Sam, 6, and Hannah, 4. The Philip family have lived in Brookwater for six years, and have become an integral part of the community, even hosting a Neighbour Day event for fellow residents of The Vista in February this year.
Stuart is seeking the support of family, friends and local residents to help him reach his goal of raising $15,000 in funds. To date, he has raised $2,800.
“I would really appreciate the support of the Brookwater community in reaching my goal of $15,000. All funds raised will go directly to the Mater Medical Research Institute to help scientists find better ways to diagnose and treat prostate cancer,” Dr Philip said.
Brookwater residents can make a donation to support Stuart and follow his progress by visiting http://www.everydayhero.com.au/stuartphilip