Skip to main content

High-altitude advocacy


When we last heard from Ilya Brotzky ’10 in October, the former applied economics and management major and several fellow Cornell students had big plans. They were organizing a climb of Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money and awareness for obstetric fistulas (a hole in the birth canal that can occur during childbirth; mothers are left incontinent, are shunned and must beg for a living). The condition is treated by a simple surgery.

On Jan. 26 Brotzky blogged: “I am extremely proud to say that 9 of the 11 Fistula Free Climbers made it to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro on January 15th, 2010 after what can only be described as the hardest week of our lives. We’ve got a lot to share with the world and will be doing so over the next week through blogging, pictures and videos that we took on the trip. Thanks again for everyone’s amazing support and please help spread the word. If you are interested in joining next year’s climb, please email”

The group raised $7,700 for

Brotzky’s initial inspiration came from a Cornell Chronicle article on Seth Cochran ’00, M.Eng ’01, who climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for cleft lip surgeries in the developing world. Cochran also founded

– George Lowery


Leave a Reply