It has been four short years since I summited Mt. Hood with my sister to commemorate our 50th birthdays and the experience is something that I will always remember. We joined up with a group called “Climb for Clean Air” and with your help, raised over $3,400 each for the American Lung Association. Well, I’m back at it again and this time I’m doing it without my big sister (I think she might be a little chicken or maybe a little tired watching over me). I am now setting my sights on summiting Mt. Rainier in July with the same group from ALA.
"Climb for Clean Air” is an exclusive mountaineering training and fundraising program designed to give you the training, technical support and guide services to summit either Mt. Hood, Mt. Baker, or Mt. Rainier. Since 1988, Climb for Clean Air has been available to people of all levels who are ready to take on the challenge of summiting a mountain. Funds raised by participants will support the American Lung Association mission of saving lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease.
As part of this journey, I have joined hundreds of others throughout our area in raising funds for the American Lung Association and the fight against Lung Disease. I am once again dedicating the climb to my parents, who have both passed away. My Dad, Rolly, was a heavy smoker and my Mom, Jenneane, was exposed to second hand smoke, which makes raising money for this organization more meaningful to me. They will be in the forefront of my mind as I attempt to summit Mt. Rainier on the exact anniversary of my Dad’s death, July 19. I will also be thinking about my Mother-in-law, Bev, who deals with asthma on a daily basis and has benefitted from the work of the American Lung Association. It’s not too late for you and me to make a difference for our loved ones.
Climbing a 14,000+ foot mountain is out of most people’s comfort zone, but for me, it’s the thought of raising the money. I am uncomfortable asking friends and family for donations but believe this to be a great cause and am ready to step up and give it another shot so am asking for your help in supporting my fund-raising efforts with a donation. Your tax-deductible gift will make a difference in the lives of many Americans who struggle to breathe! Any amount is greatly appreciated, but a gift of $100 will go a long way towards helping me reach my goal of $4,000 and help in the fight against lung disease. More and more companies are now matching personal donations so you can possibly double yours after checking with employer. If you decide to do so, you can make a donation in cash or by sending a check directly to me (made out to either me or the American Lung Association) at 10207 NE 156th Ave. Vancouver, WA 98682.
We started our training hikes (with a 20-30 lb backpack) in February and have been completing progressively longer and steeper climbs each week. We have hiked the Cape Horn trail, Wind Mountain (did it twice in the same day), Hamilton Loop, Dog Mountain, and others.
In May, I will be driving up North a couple times per month to hike steeper and longer trails on and around Mt. Rainier with my fellow participants (and with a 40-50 lb backpack). I am very excited to meet and hike with them and see what adventures the mountain (and weather) have in store for us. I will also be climbing Mt St. Helens in May (8,366 ft) and Mt. Shasta (14,180 ft) in June which should be great training hikes for my ultimate goal of summiting Mt. Rainier (14,410 ft) in July. The tallest mountains that I have summited before were Mt. Bachelor (9,068 ft), Mt. Hood (11,245 ft), and Mt. Adams (12,280).
Thank you in advance for your support. Even if a financial donation isn’t possible at this time, I would appreciate any and all prayers for a safe journey and to meet my fundraising goals.