CIBC Wood Gundy Climb For The Cure
An Inspirational Journey
Love can make a man feel like he can climb mountains. In the case of Michael Ramsden, however, he actually did climb a mountain to support his wife. On June 7, 2001, two days before their 17th wedding anniversary, Mike's wife Marjorie was diagnosed with breast cancer. But rather than wallow in depression, Mike came up with the idea to climb Mount Kilimanjaro – the highest mountain in Africa. He not only considered it a personal challenge, but also believed that trekking up the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro would be a great way to raise awareness and money for a cause CIBC and its employees have long supported.
A Wood Gundy Tradition
His inspiration grew into the inaugural CIBC Wood Gundy Climb for the Cure in 2004 in which a team of 30 CIBC Wood Gundy employees and friends ascended through rainforest, desert and snow to reach Mount Kilimanjaro's 19,340-foot summit in support of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
They set out to prove that raising money can elevate you to new levels and, in the process, raised over $240,000 for breast cancer. Now a CIBC Wood Gundy tradition, the Climb for the Cure has raised over $1 million dollars towards breast cancer research.