Cancer survivor and team scale Mt Kinabalu and collect over $60,070

Cancer survivor and team scale Mt Kinabalu and collect over $60,070

KOTA KINABALU - For cancer survivor Ahmad Nazri Hamzah, losing a leg has only spurred him to go the extra mile.

On Friday, the 23-year-old who represents the country in Wheelchair Basketball, scaled Mount Kinabalu to promote a fundraising event by the National Cancer Council (Makna).

His extraordinary effort in making it to the peak, in a team of 18 others, resulted in raising RM152,600 (S$60,307) for the "Klimb for Kanser" cause.

"I made it to the top! I just want cancer patients and survivors to know that they can still complete what others may find challenging.

"Life doesn't stop just because you have cancer or just because you have one leg," he said.

The other climbers included volunteers from Norway, the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Bangladesh.

Several of the climbers who ran their personal fundraising campaign on the peoplegiving.org webpage managed to raise more than RM10,000 while Diana Teh from Kuching raised the highest amount with RM23,090.

A fundraising dinner was also held.

Makna deputy general manager Vemanna Appannah, who led the expedition, described the climb as an enduring physical and mental test.

"Although some of us are seasoned climbers, we still prepared ourselves by climbing various hills and smaller mountains,'' he added.

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