Zermatt 13. – 16. September 2018


100 breast cancer sufferers will conquer the 4163-metre summit of the Breithorn.


Together they are setting an example to encourage social solidarity.


A new perspective on life.


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The Project

With the SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY campaign, one hundred women diagnosed with breast cancer are setting an example to encourage solidarity in society.
For the participants it is all about having the courage to face life, about solidarity. An extraordinary, life-changing experience.

Breast cancer is still a taboo topic in our society. SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY aims at increasing awareness for the disease and its effects.

The project is much more than an Alpine mountaineering event!  [more…]

Multiple rope teams build a community together and conquer the summit as strong teams. The campaign proves it: So much can be achieved when we join forces in solidarity! The event in Zermatt is the cornerstone of the SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY initiative. It is also a call for solidarity with those affected. Press and social media will cover the ascent.

A breast cancer diagnosis is a devastating experience for women. SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY draws attention to the hurdles and prejudices they face. Most importantly, however, it is a means of documenting how much courage and willpower the affected women muster on their journey back to well-being.

Women from right across Europe can apply. Regardless of whether they have received a breast cancer diagnosis, are currently in treatment or have already completed it: All affected women are equally reliant on society’s sense of solidarity.

The “Rope of Solidarity” event already took place in 2008 and 2011 with great success. Now the initiative and the commitment of Ute Louis, Karl Otto Louis Peiffer and Prof. Bettina Borisch are making possible a new edition of SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY.

With SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY, women affected by breast cancer are calling for the dignity and respect that they deserve.


Event Countdown

Zermatt 13. – 16. September 2018 – Apply now.








The participants will climb the summit of the Breithorn in a strong rope team under the guidance of experienced Alpine guides. The campaign shows what can be achieved when we come together in solidarity.

Press and social media, along with a supporting programme, will follow the women on their life-changing journey. [more…]

The Event

September 2018: Women affected by breast cancer from right across Europe will conquer together the 4163-metre summit of Breithorn near Zermatt and experience the SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY.
Arriving safely at their destination. Thorough instructions including a detailed lecture and training course will prepare the participants for the day of their ascent.

A breast cancer diagnosis also places high demands on the women’s social environment. At such a trying time, having a trusted partner by your side is extremely important. SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY also offers an exciting programme for partners, giving everyone involved a chance to exchange thoughts and report their experiences.

An ecumenical church service serves as an anchor for the shared experience and bestows a divine blessing upon the rope teams.

In a concluding round table discussion with politicians and medical experts, the women can shine a spotlight on their experiences and lay the foundation for renewed solidarity in dealing with breast cancer.

Get involved. Apply now.



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13 – 16 September 2018
Ascent: 15 September 2018
Round Table: 16 September 2018


Canton of Valais
CH 3920 Switzerland

challenging everyday life

Martina is one of the hundred participants from SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015. She is an example of courage and determination… This is her story!

Rope of Solidarity 2008 and 2011

Supported and in some cases accompanied by relatives, one hundred women former affected by breast cancer gathered in 2008 and 2011 in order to climb the Breithorn (4163 m) in solidarity and courage.

SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY is the new edition of this action.

Show the same spirit and apply now.

Solidarität kennt keine Grenzen

The resonance with SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY is overwhelming. Many people have expressed the wish to support the project not only in an idealistic way, but also financially. We have therefore set up a fiduciary account at Ute Louis Foundation. Thank you for your contribution – totally in the spirit of solidarity! Please don’t hesitate to contact us for any further questions.

Donation Account:
Ute Louis Stiftung gGmbH
IBAN DE66 2003 0000 0015 8500 92
Reason for payment: Spirit of Solidarity 2018

Application & information

Women from right across Europe can apply – regardless of whether they have received a breast cancer diagnosis, are currently in treatment or have already completed it.


Download the application documents via the download link.


Read the information sheet and complete the application documents.


Sign the declaration of consent and return the documents to us by email or post.

The Initiative

SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY aims at giving women affected by breast cancer increased courage to deal with their illness. With the project, the founders want to break the taboo surrounding breast cancer and invite society to accept the condition as an inherent part of life. The initiators are seeking to establish a supportive community and increased attentiveness in dealing with the illness and the affected women.

The Initiators

Prof. Dr. Bettina Borisch World Federation of Public Health Associations. Founder of “Rope of Solidarity”

Ute Louis Hamburg-based entrepreneur & patron of SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY

Karl Otto Louis Peiffer Hamburg-based entrepreneur and patron of SPIRIT of SOLIDARITY

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