To My Cherished Friends and Family:
I have recently accepted a new challenge in my life and I need your help...
I am taking part in a fundraiser with the American Lung Association(ALA) called Climb for Clean Air. If I am successful in this endeavor and raise the minimum $3900 by June 1st, then I get to participate in a guided mountaineering trip to summit Mt Hood in Oregon in early June. My goal is to raise $5000.
I have always had a deep love for the outdoors, specifically the mountains. I have also always fostered a heartfelt devotion to giving and helping others. This new challenge is an opportunity to serve both of these passions. I am equally as excited to reach my fundraising goal as I am to reach the top of Mt. Hood in June.
The most important reason that I decided to take part in this fundraiser is because I believe in what the ALA is doing. They are truly devoted to promoting lung health and preventing lung diseases through funding breakthrough research, education and advocacy. ALA has been successful in reducing tobacco use, especially among young people. Tobacco is directly responsible for nearly 400,000 deaths each year in the US. This is personal for me because I started smoking tobacco as a teenager and have a number of loved ones in my life that still smoke. I'm proud to say I've been free of my tobacco addiction for over 4 years now. Its extremely important to me to see my friends and family that still struggle with smoking find the strength and support to quit. This is a major focus of ALA. Their most recent campaign "Saved by the Scan" promotes a new lung cancer screening for those at risk that is saving lives through early detection.
Chances are you know someone who has faced the challenges of asthma, COPD, lung cancer or air pollution. 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.
Every donation I receive helps make a bigger impact. Please help support my efforts to save lives, donate now.
Although any sized donation would be enormously appreciated and would help towards my goal, if you match my personal contribution of $150, I will personally come visit you with a hug and a coffee/tea/beverage of your choice. If you really feel compelled to step up and contribute $250 or more, I will personally come to your house and wash your car or offer my time for up to 3 hours however you see fit. (If we are not in the same geographic area, I will figure a long distance equivalent)