As the world gets more industrialized we are losing what many take for granted - our clean air. Over the past 35 years chronic respiratory diseases have become the third leading cause of death in the U.S., and COPD is the only leading cause of death that is increasing. These deaths are incredibly tragic, as the patient feels a progressive shortness of breath (dyspnea) and anxiety as a result until they eventually pass.
We need to stop scenes like this:
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We can't stop the disease quite yet, but with your help we can make an impact. I've pledged to climb 14,411 feet to the summit of Mt. Rainier on July 16-18 2018 to raise awareness for COPD, asthma, lung cancer, and the air pollution that can exacerbate them. But I need your help! Any little amount goes a long way, and with your help I'll be on the summit in July and we'll have helped make it a little easier to breathe.
According to charitynavigator.org, the ALA spends 93.5% of its expenses on the programs and services it delivers, so your money will actually be helping - not lining a rich person's pockets!
Let’s make sure everyone can benefit from healthy lungs.
By making a donation on my behalf, you will be helping the American Lung Association provide community based education programs, fight for cleaner air standards and fund life-saving research. With your help, we will fight against lung disease and for lung health. This is your chance to make a difference for all of the parents who have a child with asthma, the people who struggle daily with COPD and the mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, children and friends who get diagnosed with lung cancer.
Why am I climbing Mt. Rainier?
I have an innate sense of adventure and exploration, and mountaineering is one of the few things left a person can do that satisfies both of these qualities. I've always wanted to climb a mountain, and since I moved from Chicago to western Washington, Rainier has been beckoning me - when it isn't obscured by rain! So it only makes sense to partner with the ALA (a chicago based charity), to summit the tallest mountain in Washington and the Cascade range. With your support, the ALA will train and guide me safely on my way to the summit.
I also wanted to do this climb in memory of my wife's grandfather Arnie, who passed away January this year from IPF (Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis) - a form of lung disease where the lungs become stiff and scarred. It was heart breaking to see such a hard working man reduced by a disease we are contributing to with our impetuous actions. He was never a smoker, so I have no doubt that unsafe air conditions while working contributed to the disease. We can do better than this.
Please consider donating to help the ALA fight lung disease - any contribution helps!