Brian Mahon, a retired Physician Assistant and cancer prevention advocate, is an incredibly upbeat individual delivering a straightforward, sobering message. After losing several family members to tobacco related cancers, and then his dear friend and fellow climbing buddy, Jeff Walker, to metastatic kidney cancer in 1997, Brian has been driven by a personal mission.
Promising Jeff that he would never climb without him, and that he would get the word out about cancer education, Brian has done exactly that-founding the annual Cascade Cancer Challenge extreme climbing event.
Brian has carried his friend’s ashes to numerous mountaintops and urges everyone to check themselves for “UFOs, ” what Brian calls unidentified funky objects, and get them checked.
After his young son survived a malignant brain tumor, Brian created his magnum opus: the “Ultimate Thriving Machine”-a men’s preventitive health manual using accessible and amusing car metaphors.
Blending straight talk, common sense and an astonishing command of cancer statistics with an ample dose of humor, Brian is spreading the message-educating and entertaining students, Rotary Club member, seniors and everyone in between about cancer prevention, the health risks of tobacco and obesity, the critical importance of early detection, and as Yogi Berra once said, “moderation to excess.”