A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step. --Chinese Proverb
For many of us, breathing is something that we just do and don’t have to think about, but there are others of us who struggle to take a deep breath. However, this is not a losing battle, thanks to the hard work of the American Lung Association and its supporters.
My life revolves around the outdoors and figuring out my next adventure. If it isn’t hiking or kayaking it is snowshoeing or walking along the Sound. No words can describe how full of life I feel from being outside. I have the wonderful privilege to combine two of my passions into one great event. Through the American Lung Association and Climb for Clean Air, I have committed to raising at least $3,900 by August 1st, 2018. Combining my love for the outdoors with this wonderful organization just makes sense.
Every program that the Lung Association is involved in directly impacts us without many of us realizing it. From research to education to legislation, they are there. To continue their work they need our help and here’s why:
Funding goes to learn more about how tobacco and air pollution affects our lungs. This also helps thousands of individuals with lung disease, cancer, and asthma. Although I never had serious issues with my sports-induced asthma, there are many others who struggle daily. Our knowledge on how to fight asthma, lung disease, cancer, and air pollution is an incredible gift that we should not take for granted. I pray none of us will ever need it, but that is not reality.
The American Lung Association needs our support! I am excited to be a part of Climb for Clean Air and am also excited to give you the opportunity to help me be successful in this adventure. Any contribution will be gratefully accepted; however, everyone who donates $100 or more will receive a 5x7 photo from the summit of Mt. Hood. Mind you, I’ll be in it so that right there should be incentive enough for the $100 donation!
Every donation I receive helps make a bigger impact. Please help support my efforts to save lives, donate now.
If you know of others who might be interested in donating, please share the link! Can't wait to take on this adventure together!
Why I Climb Wednesday
I have always been the go-getter. If there was something I wanted to achieve I did everything I could to reach that goal. More often than not my ambition has pushed me to attain that goal but sometimes, the one time that really counted, my best wasn't good enough. We can sulk and keep asking God, "why me?", "did I now work hard enough?", and a multitude of other questions or we can use that frustration and hurt to make new plans. One of my new plans includes pushing myself physically and mentally to undertake something I never thought I would have the opportunity to take on. My attempts to summit Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier in the next few months gives me the opportunity to continue to learn about how strong I am and how the community I have placed myself in can be so supportive.
Over the past 5 months I have been training in the gym 4 times a week and then going to the mountains on the weekend in order to give myself the best shot at summiting those mountains. It isn't just about showing that I am capable of much more than I believed, it's about finding those who lift me up and push me to better myself. I have found those people in the American Lung Associations Climb for Clean Air team and I'm proud to have become one of them. In just over a month I hope to be standing on top of Mt. Hood and holding a sign of everyone who has been supported me and the American Lung Association for the past few months. We are at 64% of our goal of $3,900. It isn't too late to donate to the American Lung Association and help those who suffer from various ailments also attain their dreams. Please visit my personal page to donate or follow my journey.
It is not the mountains we conquer but ourselves. - Edmund Hillary
by Brittany Groh on Wed, Apr 25, 2018 @ 10:50 PM
Miles to Go
Some women want diamonds... others just want a mountain, pine trees, and a new adventure.
Together we have raised 48% of the $3,900 goal. Woohoo! Thank you so much for the support you have provided so far. The donation window for this program closes in 1 month and 17 days. I know we can reach and even surpass this goal if we all work together and spread the word to as many friends and family members as possible.
The past few weeks has been a whirlwind of activity. Our training schedule has become more vigorous with increases in mileage and elevation gain. Most recently we summited Mt. Si with 12.5 miles, over 3,150 ft. in elevation gain in 4:38:59. My personal trainer, Emily, has discovered new ways to torture... I mean help me train. From running 5 miles on the treadmill to 30 minutes on the StairMaster with weight in my pack. We have been building my strength and endurance and learning how to properly breath in increased elevation. I have been blessed to be able to breath with relatively few issues, but training has allowed me to learn more about how breathing can be compromised.
Thank you for your support and please feel free to share this page.
by Brittany Groh on Sat, Apr 14, 2018 @ 10:58 PM
Burning Quads & a Fire in Our Heart
With your generous donations we have officially raised 25% of our fundraising goal of $3,900! With less than 3 months until my climb it's time to really kick it into gear! For those of you who have already donated, THANK YOU! And for those of you who would like support me in other ways, YOU ROCK!
The past couple of weeks have been a whirlwind of activities with the ALA. A couple weeks ago I attended my first training hike up to Rattlesnake Ledge with the team. While hiking I was able to speak with some incredible individuals about how to best fundraise and train for this exciting climb. This week we had a fundraising kick-off party in Seattle with various sponsors that gave us tips raising money and training. And this weekend we have our next training hike up Little Si.
I also can't help but mention my incredible trainer Emily with Crunch Fitness Lakewood, WA. She has been absolutely incredible through this entire journey so far and the gym's support in helping me create a fundraising video was a complete blast.
Here's to burning quads and a fire in our hearts for this organization!
by Brittany Groh on Wed, Mar 07, 2018 @ 9:18 PM
Training Update 01/17/18
It's officially been 1.5 months since I began training to summit Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier and boy has it been a fantastic experience! Since I began training I have been in the gym or out hiking 5 days a week and constantly pushing to strengthen by body and increase my endurance (with the help of my fantastic trainer, Emily).
I've been working really hard to get in the best possible shape to summit both Mt. Hood and Mt. Rainier and I would love it if you could continue to help me raise the needed $3,900 for the American Lung Association. All of us have benefited by the research and community outreach in one capacity or another. Let's work together to raise this money.
A few of you are already planning on attending the painting fundraiser, but I would love to pack the studio!
by Brittany Groh on Wed, Jan 17, 2018 @ 10:58 PM