Radiation Therapy Graduate Ben Schwab Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for Cancer Patients

Ben Schwab, 2009 graduate of Radiation Therapy at Saint Louis University
Ben Schwab, 2009 graduate of the Radiation Therapy Program

Cancer kills more people in developing countries than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined. 70% of cancer deaths globally occur in low and middle-income countries. Cures and treatments exist, but still need to be made available to people in these regions.

Ben Schwab, a 2009 graduate of the Radiation Therapy Program at Saint Louis University will join a team of mountain climbers and healthcare professionals in March 2014 to summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest free standing mountain in the world. He will be climbing for Radiating Hope, a volunteer-run 501c3 non-profit humanitarian organization that helps cancer patients around the world. The organization's goal is to raise money to provide and update radiation therapy equipment in countries where cancer treatment services are hard to find.

This year, they are bringing cancer care to Moshi, Tanzania, the home of Mt. Kilimanjaro. This area in Tanzania has no cancer center or radiation oncology treatment options. Ben and other cancer caregivers and advocates will travel to Africa to raise awareness and funds that will help build the cancer center at the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre. KCMC currently provides services to a region of more than 11 million Africans. The hospital is a large complex with more than 450 beds and 1,000 staff members.

Children from The Majengo Children's Home in Mto Wa Mbu, Tanzania
The MIRT Club will hold a supply drive for The Majengo Children's Home in Mto Waa Mbu, Tanzania

The Medical Imaging and Radiation Therapeutics Club, which Schwab was a member of while a student, will hold a supply drive starting October 21, 2013 and ending December 16, 2013. The drive will collect supplies to support The Majengo Children's Home in Mto Wa Mbu, Tanzania. The orphanage is home to 114 children in the HIV/AIDS ravaged community of Majengo. The club is looking for new or gently used clothing, school supplies, first aid supplies, toys, games, and sporting goods among other items.

For more information or to donate to the drive, please contact Ben Schwab at bds2075@bjc.org or Jenny Kouri, co-president of the MIRT Club, at jkouri1@slu.edu.

To help Schwab in his journey, visit http://www.gofundme.com/africacancercenter.

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