The Rainbow Summits Project is an initiative to raise funds and awareness for The Trevor Project, the leading GLBTQ suicide and crisis prevention service, by climbing the highest peak on each continent—the “Seven Summits.” Cason will be the first openly gay person to accomplish this feat, in addition to becoming the fifth youngest person ever to climb these mountains.
The goal of this project is not only to raise donations for The Trevor Project, but also to improve awareness of suicide and mental health, especially in the GLBTQ community. For more information on this important issue and the resources currently available, please see The Trevor Project website.
About The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project was founded by writer James Lecesne, director/producer Peggy Rajski and producer Randy Stone, creators of the 1994 Academy Award®-winning short film, Trevor, a comedy/drama about a gay 13-year-old boy who, when rejected by friends because of his sexuality, makes an attempt to take his life.
The filmmakers discovered that no LGBTQ suicide lifeline existed, and decided to dedicate themselves to forming what was, in their view, a much-needed resource: an organization to promote acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, and to aid in crisis and suicide prevention among that group. Thus, The Trevor Project was born, and became the first and only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Today, in addition to operating the crisis and suicide prevention lifeline, The Trevor Project provides online support to young people through the organization’s Web site, as well as lifesaving guidance and vital resources for educators and parents.
The Trevor Project is determined to end suicide among LGBTQ youth by providing life-saving and life-affirming resources including our nationwide, 24/7 crisis intervention lifeline, digital community and advocacy/educational programs that create a safe, supportive and positive environment for everyone.
Taken from The Trevor Project website
About the Climber
Cason Crane has been climbing all over things (mostly his four little siblings) since he was a kid. He caught the mountaineering bug when he climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro with his mother in 2008 at age 15. Since then, he has climbed mountains in the United States, New Zealand, Russia, Switzerland, France, and Argentina. He has traveled to over 65 countries and all seven continents, and has done numerous volunteer missions in Africa, Asia, and North America. He is also an avid runner, swimmer, and triathlete. He completed his first Ironman in New Zealand in January 2012.
Cason graduated cum laude from Choate Rosemary Hall in 2011 and will join the Princeton University Class of 2017, where he hopes to study International Relations at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.
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