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Young cancer survivor, father to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

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A Tampa Bay area teenager is embarking on the adventure of a lifetime. He's going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and for him, it's more of a victory lap than anything.

That's because he's a cancer survivor.

More than a year ago, Thomas Harrington wasn't even sure he'd be alive today, but he's now living proof that perseverance and strength pay off.

Thomas and his father are leaving this week to climb Kilimanjaro, and he said he's doing it in honor of the cancer patients out there who weren't as lucky.

"We saw so many sick kids, and we want to climb and raise some awareness," Thomas said.

They leave Wednesday and begin their climb Saturday. His father has already climbed the mountain, but Thomas has no prior experience.

Thomas had a brain tumor the size of a golf ball removed about a year ago. He was awake for the 8-hour procedure.

"I can drive. I can do anything now," Thomas said.

But he also made a new friend: The brain surgeon, who is also joining the pair for their climb.

"Nothing focuses the mind on raising awareness more than sitting in a pediatric cancer ward," Michael Harrington said. "There are a lot of very sad cases, seeing young children with no hair, just hoping for the best, and we want to do something to make a difference. That's what we're hoping to do."

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