Karen Hornbostel was Summit Cancer Solution's founder. She was a four-time breast cancer survivor who has made it her life's mission to help other survivors heal and become empowered through exercise. Karen lost her 13 year battle with breast cancer in October of 2006. Karen was a champion bike rider who refused to let cancer slow her down.
Karen won numerous awards and recognitions including: 2002 Celebrate Women Award (West Chamber of Commerce, Jefferson County), 2003 Spirit of Survivorship Award (Lance Armstrong Foundation), 2003 Jacque Mattson Award (Susan G. Komen Denver Affiliate) and 2004 Everyday Hero Award (Channel 7).
In 2007, the Denver Affiliate of the Komen Foundation created the “Karen Hornbostel Community Champion Award” in honor of Karen. The award is presented annually to an organization that embodies Karen's spirit.