Canton doc to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for sick patients

As the chief of medical oncology and hematology at Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Dr. Karim Malek knows firsthand how precious and fragile life can be.

It’s the reason that he follows his passions and is constantly seeking out new adventures, whether it be learning to fly an airplane or scuba diving with sharks — or scaling tall mountains, as he plans to do this summer as part of his next transnational excursion.

“Having seen people of all backgrounds being faced with life and death issues, I’ve learned that if you want to do something, do it now. Don’t wait,” advised Malek, a Canton resident since 2001. “I am a firm believer in living life to the fullest extent.”

In keeping with that life philosophy, Malek, a native of Egypt, will journey back to his home continent in July where he will attempt to climb to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa’s highest peak and the highest free-standing mountain in the world. The journey will take him eight days to complete, ending, if all goes as planned, atop the Uhuru Peak at an elevation of 19,341 feet above sea level.

To read the complete article in the Canton Citizen, click here.

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