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    11 yo to climb 14 14,000 ft mtns in 14 days to help sick friend

    Boulder boy, 11, to attempt 14 Colorado 14ers in 14 days

    Matt Moniz, the 11-year-old Boulderite who became the youngest person ever to summit Argentina's 22,841-foot Cerro Aconcagua last December, has set his sights on a daunting new project.

    Starting Friday, he and a group of family and friends will attempt to climb 14 of Colorado's 14ers in 14 days to raise money for an ailing friend, Ian Hess.

    So far, Moniz has raised about $14,000. Details of the climbing project are on Moniz's Web site, www.climb7.com.

    "Basically, he's my best friend," said Matt, who grew up next to Ian in Boulder Canyon.

    Nine-year-old Ian has pulmonary arterial hypertension and requires about $100,000 in annual medical treatment and medicines, according to Matt's father, Mike Moniz, who owns a local software company.

    The money from Matt's fundraising climb will help with treatments that are not covered by insurance.

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    Wow, very cool...good luck to him!

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