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    Physician scales Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for eye clinic

    York, PA-Steven Olkowski, MD, an ophthalmologist at Apple Hill Eye Center here, had never climbed a mountain.

    But his belief in an organization's mission led him to overcome the challenges of a novice climber and participate in the Climb for Sight 2002 last February.

    The climb of Mount Kilimanjaro, sponsored by Pennsylvania Volunteer Optometric Services to Humanity (VOSH)/PA, benefited the Vincent Pescatore Eye Clinic in Guatemala. Three physicians rotate at the clinic to conduct screenings, provide eye care, and perform sight-saving surgery for thousands of people every year.

    Dr. Olkowski and 11 other individuals raised more than $60,000 in sponsorships for the climb. In addition to donating their time and efforts, participants paid their own travel expenses.

    The climb, led by professional guides, took 5 days to go up the mountain and 2 days to come down. Mount Kilimanjaro rises more than 19,340 feet-making it the highest mountain in Africa.