“That breath that you took…that’s a gift.” -Rob Bell
Breathing is a gift. We don’t think much about it, until we can’t. I recently accepted the challenge of participating in the American Lung Association’s annual fundraising event, Climb For Clean Air/Reach The Summit, and I need your help.
Here is what your gracious donation and the Climb For Clean Air/Reach The Summit program will help to support:
Cutting edge research for promoting lung health and preventing diseases such as asthma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and tuberculosis
Being proactive in the fight against outdoor 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
To support these issues and to honor two very special people, I committed to raising at least $4250 by June 15th of this year. Soon after my team of climbers will strive for the summit of Mount Rainier.
The two people I would like to honor are/were both affected by a lung disease called Pulmonary Hypertension(PH). PH occurs when there is abnormally high pressure in the blood vessels between the lungs and the heart. Symptoms include shortness of breath, tiredness, chest pain, and a fast heartbeat. The condition can make it difficult to exercise. My son Gabe was diagnosed with this disease when he was about 18 months old. It took almost a year from the time we knew something was wrong, to receive the correct diagnosis. He braved two surgeries and repeated hospitalizations. He takes medications that keep his pressures at a safe level. He is one of my heroes.
When Gabe received his diagnosis our lives were turned upside down. One of the families who met and supported us during this time of uncertainty was Vivian and Gareth Williams and their daughter Suzie. I will never forget our toddlers navigating their oxygen tanks and tubes as they played at the Ronald McDonald House. Suzie lost her battle with PH and heart/lung disease but her spirit lives on through her family and friends(see the attachment below). She is one of my heroes.
I am hoping that you will find these issues important enough to support. Any amount will be appreciated, but a gift of $100 will go a long way toward reaching my goal of $4250. Your tax-deductible contribution to the American Lung Association, on my behalf, will not only secure my place on the team, most importantly, it will help those struggling to breathe easier.
You can make a donation by sending a check(made out to the American Lung Association) to me at:
1617 SW Midvale Rd.
Portland, Or 97219
Or go to the website: www.climbforcleanair.com and look up my website by typing in my name under the “Sponsor a Climber” section.
Breathing is a gift. We don’t think about it much, until we can’t. With the help of the American Lung Association and your donation, you can support these efforts, helping us to all breathe a little easier. All donations are tax-deductible.
P.S. If you know of anyone else that would like to be a part of this program by donating or getting more info, please share my story with them or pass along their name to me. Thanks!