U.S. Lawmaker to Climb Huscaran in Peru to Raise Funds for Charity

(LIP-ir) — Huascarán is a mountain in the Province of Yungay -Cordillera Blanca, part of the Western Andes. At 22,132 feet, its southern peak (Huascarán Sur) is the highest in Peru and the fourth highest in South America.

This is the peak a Utah lawmaker and his brother plan to scale to raise funds for a nonprofit group aiming to benefit millions of Americans with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) and hundreds of thousands of Americans with kidney failure who are on dialysis.

Rep. Stephen Sandstrom, R-Orem, and his brother, Nord will embark on the journey, which is planned to take 5 days, in order to raise $12 thousand for the Kidney TRUST.

This is not the first time the duo has exposed themselves to danger to raise money for charity. In 2006 the brothers scaled three peaks in Ecuador, raising $8 thousand for Kidney TRUST. Stephen Sandstrom has stated that it will be an honor to expose himself to this challenge and raise funds for the important cause.

The Kidney TRUST was founded in 2006 by DaVita Inc., one of the largest providers of dialysis services in the United States.

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