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Climbing for a Cause:
An OnQ Special Edition

This half hour special focuses on four individuals who are compelled to climb. Will Cross, Michael Kobold, Dr. Ray Benza and physician assistant Jessica Lazar are climbing mountains and supporting important causes in their journeys. See the segment descriptions below for more detail.


Climb to the Top - Not many people have successfully climbed Mount Everest, but Robinson Township watchmaker Michael Kobold did, on his very first attempt. OnQ's Chris Moore talked to Kobold about the hardship of his journey and his decision to climb the highest mountain in the world.

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Michael Kobold's 2009 Everest Challange

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Climb for a Cure - In an effort to raise awareness of a progressive lung disease called pulmonary hypertension, Allegheny General Hospital cardiologist, Dr. Ray Benza and physician assistant, Jessica Lazar, set out to climb the tallest mountain in Africa. In late February 2010, they joined Dr. Robert Frantz of the Mayo Clinic and achieved their goal. OnQ's Chris Moore has the story of reaching the top of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Will Cross: Mount Everest - He's trekked across both the North and South Poles and climbed some of the highest mountains in the world. These feats are made all the more remarkable considering Will Cross of Morningside, PA is a diabetic and must be constantly vigilant about his health. We caught up with Cross as he prepared to take his most challenging climb: Mount Everest.

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