Photo shows the 40tude trek team at the start of our Mardi Himal Lynch Awareness Challenge

They did it! We're delighted that our brilliant team successfully have reached the Mardi Himal Base Camp in the breath-taking Himalayas, the highest point ever to be reached on a 40tude expedition.

The going was tough, with the high altitude and snow lying on their route from Upper View Point onwards to Base Camp. Showing true fortitude they nevertheless achieved their goal in the name of 40tude, and we are hugely proud of each and every one of our team.

Why are they taking this on?  To help cure colon (bowel) cancer, and in particular to shine a spotlight on Lynch Syndrome, a genetic disease which causes around 1 in 30 of cases of colon cancer, many of them under the age of 50.

Our challenge team is being led by Tom Campbell, who discovered that he carries the Lynch Syndrome gene.  He is passionate about the positive effect that knowledge that he is a carrier has had on his life and is dedicated to finding the missing 95% of other carriers in the UK. Watch this short film to find out more

St. Mark’s Hospital has the UK’s first specialist LS Clinic and 40tude is the major funder of the National Lynch Programme, through which Professor Kevin Monahan is leading the development of three interconnected studies which have the potential to develop a new model for LS cancer prevention.  You can find out more about this important programme here 

Find out more about this extraordinary challenge here:

40tude's Mardi Himal Lynch Awareness Challenge