“I can do this for Bob:” Brookfield man to scale Japan’s Mount Fuji in tribute to late brother

BROOKFIELD -- A retired newspaper editor and Navy man has quite the story to tell as he prepares for a trip to Japan. The Brookfield man is on a mission to raise money to fight the cancer that took his brother's life in 2010.

"I think it's going to be in the 80s in the Tokyo area," John DeBaun said.

John DeBaun

DeBaun is set to scale Japan's highest mountain.

"More a hike than a climb. It's not a climb where you need ropes and special equipment. You just have to put in the miles basically," DeBaun said.

DeBaun will be making the trek with a group, raising awareness for bone marrow cancer.

Mount Fuji

"The team is about 18 to 20 people, including six people who are actually multiple myeloma patients who are actually battling the disease right now. They are on the team," DeBaun said.

In 2010, DeBaun lost his younger brother Bob to multiple myeloma.

"He was just a high-energy guy. He had another gear that most people don't have I think," DeBaun said.

During his fight, DeBaun said his brother was involved with the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation.

"He was very active in supporting the organization because it was active in supporting him," DeBaun said.

DeBaun has been reflecting on his brother's memory as he prepares to conquer Mount Fuji during the weekend of July 14th-16th.

"He was an unselfish person and he would want everybody to go on and fight the cause for others who were suffering from the same disease," DeBaun said.

Bob DeBaun (center)

John DeBaun

DeBaun made his first trip to Japan almost 50 years ago. Soon, he'll return, on a different mission.

"Hit me at the right moment. I had just turned 70 and I thought, 'Good Lord. I'm 70 years old. I've got to do something,' and this opportunity came along and I thought 'I can do this for Bob,'" DeBaun said.

Bob DeBaun (left)

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