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12 Year Old Scheduled to Climb Mt. Shasta in June to Raise Awareness for Liver Disease

(Monument, CO) -- (April 29, 2015) Following in his family’s footsteps, 12-year-old Kendell McGuffey is set to climb Mt. Shasta in June to help raise awareness of liver disease, which his mother has been living with for over 25 years.

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Climbing For Carleen

At just 12 years old, Kendell McGuffey, is looking to be the youngest American Liver Foundation Advocate to be on the climb up Mount Shasta. His reason and motivation for climbing is his mother, Carleen McGuffey, who contract a Hepatitis C during a blood transfusion nearly 25 years ago. 

Following his father, James McGuffey and oldest brother Kaleb, who climbed Mt. Rainier in last June, Kendell is taking on the challenge of climbing Mt. Shasta to help spread awareness for liver disease and the American Liver Foundation in the annual ‘The Live Life Challenge’ to fight liver disease. 

Along with his father, Kendell and the team will be climbing June 5-8, 2015. Mount Shasta, located in California, is the second highest volcano in the United States. At 14,162 feet and with a base of more than 17 miles in diameter, the massive structure is covered by eight glaciers and is classified as an “active volcano.” 

The American Liver Foundation (ALF) is sponsoring the climb, and Kendell and his team are fundraising with a goal of earning $4,500 for the event. All donations go straight to the foundation to help raise further awareness, aid in research, and help towards the development of new medicines.

“We’d like to thank you sponsors in advance, even though Kendell has previously climbed eight 14ers, Mount Shasta will prove to be a challenge and he wants to be prepared. He’s training daily to ensure he’s able to carry his pack up the mountain during the climb,” comments James McGuffey.

Donation options start at just $30 and all sponsors make a significant impact on the work of the American Liver Foundation and the success of the Liver Life Challenge, Mt. Shasta 2015. Contributions may be tax-deductible, as the American Liver Foundation is a 501c3 charitable organization (EIN: 36-2883000). James McGuffey offers updates on Kendell’s training on their website: 

About Climbing for Carleen:

James McGuffey launched Climbing for Carleen to help raise awareness about liver disease and also support the American Liver Foundation. His wife, Carleen has been living with liver disease and has had Hep-C for 25 years. The family currently resides in Monument, a small community just north of Colorado Springs, Colorado with their 6 children. 

For media inquiries regarding Climbing for Carleen, individuals are encouraged to contact James McGuffey directly at 719-209-1107 or via email at To learn more about the family, please visit: