Chicago (CBS) — A Chicago mountain climber has his sights set sky high all for a boy battling an illness familiar to the climber.
34-year-old Alex Pancoe is a brain tumor survivor. He is hoping to become the first Chicagoan to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. This time, Pancoe is dedicating his climb in New Guinea to Zayvian Daniels from Champaign. The two-year-old is battling an aggressive form of brain cancer.READ MORE: Sgt. Arthur Countryman, An American Hero Who Died In World War II, Returns Home To Plainfield 77 Years Later
Pancoe dedicates his climbs to children at Lurie Children’s Hospital, where he received treatment 14 years ago.READ MORE: 'This Is Not 1970,' Mayor Lightfoot Says Of Firefighter-EMT Erik Zuma, Who Is Charged With Sex Assault And Was Kept On The Job
“If I can climb my Everest, they can climb their metaphorical Everest,” Pancoe said.MORE NEWS: 'The Memories Will Never Go Away:' Cubs Finalizing Deal To Send Anthony Rizzo To Yankees
Once he completes all seven climbs in April, his charity, Peaks of Mind, will have raised $1 million for Lurie.