Harbin Hero Highlight: Summit Quest

Imagine what it would be like to climb to greater heights with nothing standing in your way - not even cancer.

Summit Quest helps children and families do just that by providing strength, hope and a variety of services to those affected by the disease.

As one of five non-profits competing for votes to win the Harbin Hero Challenge, Summit Quest was formed in 2010 after William James, its director, lost his father to cancer in 2007.

“His last request was for me to take his ashes to a mountain in Alaska I’d climbed years before,” James recalls. “During that expedition, my eyes opened up to how many children deal with cancer directly or have parents dealing with the disease. There was a lack of resources for those families.”

Thus, Summit Quest was born, and now the non-profit is competing in the challenge to win $1,500 from Harbin Clinic so it can continue to change the lives of families affected by cancer. James says the program is so much more than just a support group.

“We offer monthly support activities such as art therapy, bowling trips, playing putt putt golf, trips to the movies and cookouts, but we also do things that focus on building strength and courage,” James says. “We do powerboarding, rock climbing, hikes and activities that bring out our resilience.”

James says the program has really taken off and grown from its humble beginnings.

“We started started off serving two or three families, just meeting once or twice a month and doing small activities. But the word spread and last year, we served almost 500 participants.”

If the Summit Quest group were a league of super heroes, James says they would be The Avengers.

“We’re a group of people uniting in the fight against cancer.”

Voting Details

To vote for Summit Quest to win the Harbin Hero Challenge, select them as your charity of choice on the online race registration form at rfpra.com/herohustle. Race-day registrants will be able to select Summit Quest on their registration forms, and costume contest winners may select them at the race for additional points.

The five Harbin Hero Challenge charities are The Sweet Cocoon, The YMCA of Rome, Floyd County CASA, Summit Quest and Living Proof Recovery. Each charity will receive $500 from Harbin Clinic and the organization with the most votes will receive an additional $1,000.