Alec inspired action

It all started when Foundation founder Ryan Kelley decided to transform his newfound passion for the outdoors into a mission for a greater cause. He invited friends to join him in climbing mountains to raise money and awareness for Alec, a young boy battling cancer.

In 2015, Ryan climbed Mt. Rainier and raised $14,000 for Friends of Kids with Cancer. Since then, we’ve been setting goals higher and higher each year.

Our fundraising occurs before each climb, but the climbs themselves are our opportunity to spread awareness. Our aim is to grow these climbs annually, encouraging more people to join us. By leveraging the stunning mountain vistas, we highlight significant causes and inspire others to take action.

The energy, passion, and motivation for every Keep Climbing Foundation climb is helping children. They face incredibly challenging obstacles, and we want them to be supported, encouraged, and succeed. We will climb any summit to help.

David “Poko” Pokorny
KCF Board Member

Changing Lives

Using the stunning backdrops of nature’s most breathtaking peaks, we capture attention and bring awareness to causes that matter. Our fundraising climbs raise money for children in need, while our climbers educate their communities about the issues these vulnerable groups face.

We climb for so much more than the challenge. We climb for the kids. We climb to fight cancer. We climb to keep families close, to provide support to those in need, and to inspire those around us.

The Keep Climbing Foundation has organized numerous climbs over the years. From our annual Climb for the Kids to guided multi-day hikes on some of our nation’s top trails, we are dedicated to raising funds and awareness for our incredible partners.

Join us in helping people from all walks of life reach their personal summits and overcome life’s obstacles.

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100% of donations go to our charitable partners

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

St. Jude is leading the way the world understands, treats and defeats childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened more than 50 years ago.

Team Alec Forever

Team Alec Forever’s  mission is to financially help childhood cancer families with end of life expenses, who are treated in the St. Louis area. No one should ever have to go through this. Our greatest wish is for this to never again be needed. Our prayer will ALWAYS be for a world without childhood cancer. We continue to fight for that to become reality. Until then, we will fund raise to financially support families going through this horrible disease. Surviving the loss of a child is hard enough. Help us, help these families in memory of Alec Ingram.

Fisher House Foundation

An organization that has served over 400,000 families since its inception, Fisher House is focused on supporting military and veteran families in a variety of ways, including providing comfort homes where military & veteran families can stay free of charge while a loved one is in the hospital.

Ronald McDonald House Charities

Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) believes when families are together, they cope better, and that no family should have to deal with their child’s medical crisis alone. The mission of RMHC is to create, find, and support programs that directly improve the health and well-being of children and their families.

Friends of Kids with Cancer

Friends of Kids with Cancer is devoted to enriching the daily lives of children undergoing treatment for, and survivors of, cancer and blood-related diseases.

Girls on the Run St. Louis

Inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Crowns Fight Cancer

The Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation works jointly on the legacy that Elizabeth established with Crowns Fight Cancer. As a childhood cancer warrior, Elizabeth advocated for those that couldn’t by utilizing her crown to change how the world viewed pediatric cancer.

First Descents

First Descents provides life-changing outdoor adventures for young adults (ages 18 – 39) impacted by cancer and other serious health conditions.

Girls on the Run Rockies

Inspires girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

SSM Health Cardinal Glennon Children’s Foundation

Focused not just on the health of kids today but on the long-term health of the communities it serves.

Fight DMD

Funds research to help find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a rare genetic disease that weakens the muscles over time.

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