Timmerman Traverse for Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation


Welcome to the next big biotech expedition — Timmerman Traverse for Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation.

A team of executives, investors, and scientists are coming together on Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, in February 2024.

We’re on a mission to raise $1 million for young scientists across the US.

Damon Runyon gives promising young researchers the freedom to pursue brave and bold ideas. Its grant recipients have opened up entire new fields with targeted therapies, CRISPR gene editing, and cancer immunotherapy.

The biotech community knows the value of this work and is stepping up to support it.

Who’s on the Team?

I’m happy to announce that PPD Biotech Solutions, part of Thermo Fisher Scientific, is our lead sponsor.

Corporate sponsorship opportunities are available for this special expedition for cancer research. See Elyse Hoffmann, senior director of partnership strategy at Damon Runyon, to brainstorm ideas. elyse.hoffmann@damonrunyon.org.

Please see our team fundraising page to learn more and donate.

We’re pushing ourselves to do something difficult. We’ll enjoy Mother Nature. We’ll form meaningful relationships on the trails.

We’re going to make a positive impact for young scientists.

Thank you for your support!


Is the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation a 501(c)(3) nonprofit institution and is my donation tax-deductible?


Will my donors receive tax receipts?


How can someone donate to my climb?

The easiest way for someone to make a donation to your climb is via credit card directly on your fundraising page. Donors can also give via check (see question about personal checks), cash (see question about donating cash), donor advised funds, wire transfers, stock, and matching gifts. All gifts should indicate that they are for the Timmerman Traverse / Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation and should include the name of the climber to ensure proper recording to your fundraising page.

For instructions on electronic fund transfers/ACH, stock gifts, or for any questions, please email Elyse Hoffmann at elyse.hoffmann@damonrunyon.org

How long will it take for a donation to appear on my fundraising page?

All online donations will appear immediately. Donations made through other forms may experience delays in recording for a variety of reasons, including: mail delays, staff availability, bank processing times, and company match distribution timing.

How are matching gifts credited toward my fundraising goal?

To submit a matching gift, simply ask your company’s human resources or matching gifts representative to submit the paperwork to Damon Runyon. Be sure to note the matching gift is for Timmerman Traverse / Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Once we receive the matching gift, we’ll post it to your fundraising page.

Please note: The time it takes to receive the actual gift can vary depending on your company. Some companies will send the money within a couple of weeks of your request, while others may take longer.

Matching gifts are an easy way to increase your fundraising. Be sure to encourage your donors to submit matching gift requests to leverage your fundraising.

What if someone outside of the United States wants to donate to my climb?

They can donate by credit card on your personal fundraising page and enter the amount in U.S. dollars. Please encourage any overseas friends to donate online instead of by check.