Let’s step up to make sure everyone can benefit from healthy lungs.
I’ve been fortunate enough to get in with a group of guys from my work (Tideworks Technology) that love the outdoors and enjoy hiking like me. Last summer, we hiked up to Camp Muir, the main base camp for most Mt. Rainier summit attempts. We camped there overnight and got to experience the buzz and excitement of seeing other climbers preparing to summit early (very early!) the next morning. Well… all of us got the bug!
Then, we found out about the American Lung Association’s Climb for Clean Air. It turns out that our company has had several other teams participate in this outstanding program in the past. So, we decided to use our excitement for summiting Mt. Rainier toward the much higher and important goal of improving lung health for everyone!
Our group, the Tideworks Mountaineers, will be participating in Climb for Clean Air with mountain guides from RMI Expeditions. Our climb will be the week of July 15th, 2019.
If you know me, you may already know that my sister-in-law, Kalany Benoit, passed away from Lung Cancer in 2013 at the age of 54. She was super-fit, a non-smoker, and an Ironman athlete. I wish that I could say that this doesn’t happen very often. But here are a few sobering facts about this disease:
• Lung cancer is the leading cancer killer in both men and women in the U.S. In 1987, it surpassed breast cancer to become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women.
• An estimated 154,050 Americans are expected to die from lung cancer in 2018, accounting for approximately 25 percent of all cancer deaths.
• One woman in the US dies from lung cancer every eight minutes.
Some good news: The number of deaths caused by lung cancer peaked at 159,292 in 2005 and has since decreased by 6.5 percent to 148,945 in 2016. This is made possible by organizations like the American Lung Association.
I’m asking that you donate to this important cause. And in so doing, you will likely be helping someone you know!
Together we can fight lung disease successfully!