Hello friends, family, and all who have found their way to this page!
I recently accepted the challenge of participating in the American Lung Association’s annual fundraising climb, Climb For Clean Air. I will be climbing Mt. Hood next year, and I can't think of a better first mountain to climb other than this one that's so close to the place I've called home for the past six years. Mt. Hood was the mountain I learned to ski on three years ago, and where my unexpected love for all things snow began to grow. Mt. Hood is located in the Cascade Range and is Oregon’s tallest peak (11,249 ft). I am fortunate to be able to see Mt. Hood most days, and have been to the top of the Magic Mile (~7,000 ft.) at Timberline Lodge. Now I am going to climb the rest of the way up! The climb will be guided by AMGA guides and we will attempt to summit on May 30-31, 2019.
The Climb for Clean Air is a fundraiser and I have pledged to raise $3,900. This is where you come in. I will need the help and financial support of my family and friends to sponsor me in order to meet my fundraising goal. Any contribution will be greatly appreciated, and I would be so grateful if you would share my fundraising link with your family and friends who might also be interested in supporting the cause. There were lots of ways that I could have chosen to climb this mountain, but I wanted to give something back, to support an important cause, and I thought this was a great way to get involved and do that!
Why is all this important? Well, 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, no matter how small or large, 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. Donations are tax-deductible and will make a difference in the lives of many Americans who struggle to breathe!
Here is what your donation and the Climb For Clean Air program will help to support:
• Research into promoting lung health and preventing lung diseases such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and tuberculosis;
• Being pro-active in the fight against outdoor air pollutants and environmental health; and
• Striving to reduce tobacco use, especially among young people, that is responsible for over 400,000 deaths in the United States each year. Each day in Oregon, about 30 young people start smoking.
If you'd like to learn more about ALA's current initiatives, go here: https://www.lung.org/our-initiatives/current-initiatives/
Donations can be made online by simply clicking on the link to the right of this message. Or, if you’d prefer to send a check, let me know and we can work that out. Let’s make sure everyone can benefit from healthy lungs and clean air!
I will be starting my training in mid-February, and will keep you all posted as I get myself in shape for the climb! It's sure to be a challenge and I hope you can follow along!
You can follow training hikes and updates on my Instagram: @alittle_loves and I will post updates here as well.
Thank you for all your support. I am truly grateful!