Everest Rocks for Cancer

Every year climbers face what is to them one of the biggest challenges of their lives – Mount Everest. The feared and loved mountain has been the stage for many tragedies, victories and stories of survival. Just as the climbers battle the mountain, many ordinary people face another type of mountain in their daily lives -cancer. This year, the magnificent mountain will stand as a symbol in the fight against Cancer. It will be the gracious host to the Everest Rocks concert charity event.

The Love Hope Strength Foundation, together with the support of Oregon Scientific and a group of almost forty musicians, will host the first ever Mount Everest rock concert. To get to the concert location, musicians will have to trek to Kalapathar, a base camp on Mount Everest that is at a height of 5 500 meters. It is a fourteen-day excursion, but the musicians involved are eager and ready to participate, as Everest Rocks is being hosted in aid of Cancer awareness. The proceeds of their labor will be donated to a Bhaktapur Cancer Hospital in Nepal, near Kathmandu, in aid of purchasing the needed medical equipment to treat patients. Many of the participants of Everest Rocks have their own stories to tell in regard to surviving Cancer, and it is a cause that they are prepared to sing for, climb for and entertain for.

James Chippendale, who is the president of CSI Entertainment, is one of the cancer survivors who will join the project, as is the rock legend Mike Peters of the band “The Alarm” from the UK. Other bands participating in this historic event, and highest rock concert ever held, come from the United States, France, Australia and Canada and include names such as Glen Tilbrook (Squeeze), Slim Jim Phantom (Stray Cats), Cy Curnin (The Fixx), Jamie West-Oram (The Fixx) and Nick Harper, to name a few.

To bring the live footage of the climb, daily struggles, interviews, and the concert to supporters across the world, Oregon Scientific have donated forty of their waterproof action cameras, ATC2K’s, to the project, so that every step can be documented and recorded. Other big names in entertainment, Alex Coletti (producer and creator of MTV Unplugged) and Brian Isley will direct, film and produce the footage from the mountain. Photos, daily updates and blogs will be posted on the Love Hope Strength Foundation’s website.

This wonderful event, supported by some of the worlds’ greatest musicians and biggest industry names, will take place from 13 October to 29 October 2007. Everest Rocks is a concert that will not only be remembered by those who participate, but cherished in the hearts of every cancer patient, not only in Nepal, but across the globe.