KILI CLIMB COMES THROUGH

Rock n’ roll peakbaggers make good on fighting cancer, as Tanzania opens its first children’s cancer ward.

Some charity hikes raise “awareness.” This one raised a roof. Literally. In our June 2010 story “High Note,” Nick Heil reported on the music-meets-mountaineering mash-up of Love Hope Strength. He joined Mike Peters of the Alarm and other rockers on Mt. Kilimanjaro, where two dozen trekkers climbed to the 19,341-foot summit and raised money to help bring cancer treatment to Tanzania.

On February 8, the project was completed when Tanzania’s first children’s cancer ward was opened on the campus of Muhimbili National Hospital, in Dar es Salaam. The brand new 32-bed facility is equipped for both screening and treatment, with chemo mixing and storage facilities, an isolation room, fresh water filtration systems, and showers. And as befits a children’s center, there are freshly painted pictures of animals on the walls.

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