Climbing new heights to conquer cancer

SNOWBIRD SKI RESORT, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Cancer survivors and others affected by the deadly disease climbed to new heights Saturday.
SNOWBIRD SKI RESORT, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Cancer survivors and others affected by the deadly disease climbed to new heights Saturday.

They hiked thousands of feet to the top of Hidden Peak at Snowbird, symbolizing the uphill battle against cancer.

A battle Dov Siporin is very familiar with. The stage four colon cancer survivor has been through more than five thousand hours of chemo therapy, seven surgeries and three months of radiation. The stingy disease won't let go.

"Right now I have tumors around my heart, my pancreas, my liver and my lymphoid", says Siporin.

He isn't backing down and is sharing his story of standing up to cancer as a keynote speaker at the 17th annual Survivors at the Summit event.

Hosted by ABC 4 Utah Sports Director, Wesley Ruff, the day combines words of encouragement with music, to celebrate survivors and remember those who lost the battle.

"This is a day of joy, this is a day of celebration and of remembrance and of honoring people that really deserve to be honored," says Executive Director of the Cancer Wellness House, Terri Goldstein.

People like Siporin who keep their heads up as they fight the good fight.

"We do it for this, to be here. Days like this are beautiful on a bunch of levels. It's that people are here, people who go through the pain of that come out, hike this and come up to the top and look out," says Siporin.

Survivors at the Summit is an annual fundraiser for the Cancer Wellness House. This year a record crowd of over four hundred people came out to support the cause.

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