My grandma, Barbara Seybold Musgrave, passed away on June 3, 2017 from lung cancer. Maybe it came from burning brush and sticks -- common in the rural area where she lived -- or maybe just from pollution experienced over a lifetime. At any rate, she never smoked because her lungs needed to be in pristine condition to play flute and other instruments. She received a degree in Music Education from Northwestern University and played in many bands throughout her life while teaching second grade. She continued to play flute in her community band up until a few months before she passed away, even with a diagnosis of lung cancer!
To honor her memory, I will be raising money for the American Lung Association while also achieving one of my life goals: summiting Mt. Rainier.
My grandma was up for many kinds of adventures: she traveled on Audobon trips, participated in Elder Hostel in Europe and the US, took tap-dance and square-dance, rock-climbed in the Grand Tetons, and did yoga back in the 70's before anyone thought it was cool. When it became harder for her to travel, she supported my adventures going to college and becoming an exchange student in Ecuador and in Russia. I think she would be pretty excited by this adventure to the summit of Mt. Rainier, too.
I am excited for this adventure and for the chance to raise money for research and regulations to improve lung health while remembering my grandma.
A note about notes:
If you donate over $50, you will receive a hand-drawn postcard from me! If you donate any amount, you'll get a note from me in the mail, hand-drawn if time allows :)
"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. We will be making a positive 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."