About Us

Phillip Berenz

PhilPhillip was born two and half months pre-mature and weighed only three pounds and eleven ounces. During an emergency caesarean section, Phillip suffered from hypoxia which resulted in minor brain damage.  Phillip was not diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy until he was eighteen months old.

Growing up, Phillip went through numerous braces, multiple casts, many hours of physical therapy, and even a surgery to manage the symptoms of his cerebral palsy.

“Fortunately, I only have a mild case of cerebral palsy, so I’ve been able to live a fairly active life.  In the last couple of years, I’ve accepted my cerebral palsy for what it is.  Now I’m at a point in my life where I want to help others with cerebral palsy and similar disabilities.”

For him, having cerebral palsy has been very mentally and physically challenging. Physically, he has not always been able to do what comes naturally and easily to most. However, this challenge has never stopped Phillip from pushing his limits.

“This climb is very important to me, it will give me an opportunity to prove to others that you can live a life without limits even if you have a disability. This will be the toughest thing I’ve ever put myself through.”

Brian Baldeck

Brian was born and raised in the Boston area, and spent many days trekking around the Blue Hills Reservation until the sun went down. The simple beauty of the outdoors inspires him in his various photographic endeavors. When he heard about a Kilimanjaro adventure in the works, there was no way he would pass it up.

This climb is an amazing opportunity for Brian to capture the beauty of Africa through his lens, and push the limits of his mind and body while at the same time supporting his friend Phil in benefiting a worthwhile cause.

Austin Whipple

AustinAustin grew up in Vermont and, after moving to Boston, has a renewed fondness for the outdoors one only gets after spending time away from a rural home. When Phil approached him with the opportunity to climb Kilimanjaro the answer was immediate and obvious.

The climb lets Austin combine an urge to challenge himself and the desire to go on an amazing adventure with supporting a good friend and raising money for a great cause.

Jared Villemaire

Jared is a transplant to Boston, originally from Gainesville, Florida. Growing up in Florida, Jared learned to appreciate the beauty of mountains by omission (for anyone who hasn’t been/doesn’t know, Florida is very flat). After a family trip to Wyoming’s Grand Teton National Park, Jared’s interest in climbing was piqued. The ability to support a friend in this great cause made joining Climb for CP an imperative must.