Climbing for Christine!
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.
On July 20, 2018 I lost my mother to COPD. For well over a decade, I watched my beautiful, energetic, adventurous and strong mother deteriorate from a disease for which there is no cure. Seeing someone you love go from riding horses, hiking, swimming and dancing to having difficulty breathing walking from the couch to the kitchen is extremely difficult. This was not the first time I watched a family member pass from a horrible incurable lung disease. My Great Grandmother also passed from COPD when I was a young 12 year old girl. I remember my Nana being so full of life and love and on my last visit with her I noticed that passion and love for life was gone. She checked herself out of her hospital and decided to pass in the comfort of her home. I also suffer from a lung illness. I was diagnosed with Severe Asthma at 35 years old, after two bouts of pneumonia and many battles with respiratory illness we finally found that I needed to be on a long term regiment of steroids and bronchodialators. As you can imagine exercise let alone climbing a mountain is quite taxing, however, I have fought my way back to having the ability to do what I love. I hike, I backpack and I have climbed many mountains, But I have never attempted to do what I am planning in July. I am asking for your assistance in making the biggest climb in honor of my mother, grandmother and to aid the American Lung Associations campaign for AIR. In July/August I will attempt to summit Mt. Baker, A volcano located in the North Cascades. It is 10781' in elevation, and requires technical skills to navigate glaciers. I hope that you will join me in donating anything you can to aid me in reaching the goal of $4000.00 to help an organization that is working to find cures and prevent lung disease. I will be training over the next 5 months and providing photos, video and updates of climbs, hikes and other training necessary to achieve this. This is an honor for me to have the ability to do this for my Mother, Great Grandmother, my family and for all of those who suffer with lung disease. On summit day I will take a piece of all of you with me on a banner that I will hold for my summit picture. The name of each donor, my mothers picture and the knowledge that I am doing the best I can to help stomp out lung disease will no doubt give the strength to be successful. Thank you for your donation and you can always watch updates here, at Montanahikinggal.com or Facebook Montana Hiking Gal . This will indeed be the greatest honor of my life.
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Together we can fight lung disease successfully!
REI Fundraiser and updates
I just wanted to reach out and say thank you to everyone who came out and donated during the challenge week. We were able to collect $1025 for the week and get the added 25% bonus of $256!!! Amazing to see such support among the community, friends and family. The REI fundraiser helped bring in close to $150 and other cash donations made last weeks total a little over $200. I still have $1900 to go to meet the goal and I am super hopeful we will reach that in no time. We are a little more than a week away before I head to California to climb Mt. Baldy. At 10058' this will be a great test to the training I have been doing and a great way to see if I am ready for a few of the summits I have planed to honor my mother and bring support and recognition to COPD and The American Lung Association. Although the big climb is not until June I have 5 others planned for the spring and summer of 2019. Again all of your support is greatly appreciated and as always... Keep on keeping on peeps!
by Heather Johnson on Sat, Apr 13, 2019 @ 4:51 PM
I know I have been reaching out to all of you for donations for this amazing cause. As spring is here and we are all starting to clean out our homes before tossing that good crock-pot or even that dusty book shelf, give me a call. I am organizing a yard sale for May to help raise money for the climb. I will happily pick up any gently used, in good working order item in the Bellingham area. Thank you all for your support, donations and encouragement.
by Heather Johnson on Sat, Mar 23, 2019 @ 12:58 PM
Well with day one of Spring here I have decided to take my workouts to a little flat land training. I am trying to stay clear of the sudden slush filled slopes of the North Cascades. I have been doing a lot of HITT as well as hiking the local trails for some great elevation gain. I have also been focusing on core strengthening and soon with the help of my newest donor Elements Hot Yoga will be adding some flexibility and breathing exercises. THANK YOU! Elements Hot Yoga for your donation! Not only did they donate $250 to the cause, they donated a few memberships to be raffled at the K2 Fundraiser in May as well as offered to sponsor my yoga training for the climb! Sara at EHY has an absolutely amazing story to tell. She is also an asthmatic and struggled as a child with the illness and has history in her family of lung disease as well. Lots of new donors this week, Rairdons of Bellingham, MOD pizza as well as San Juan Kayaking Expeditions. Thank you all so much for supporting me and the cause. I am excited to bring a part of you all with me to the summit. As always keep on keeping on peeps!
by Heather Johnson on Thu, Mar 21, 2019 @ 11:14 AM
Thank you!! Kulshan Brewing Company
Hey there peeps!
Kulshan Brewing Company has been added to the list of amazing sponsors. They will be hosting an event for The American Lung Association and The Climb for Clean Air on 5/23/19 to help me raise awareness and funds for this amazing cause. I am super excited for this event. Feel free to check in on Facebook for event details. I will be out an about this weekend on two more training hikes. Until we catch up keep on keeping on!!!
by Heather Johnson on Thu, Mar 14, 2019 @ 8:31 AM
Well last week I trained all 5 days I had off from work and it kicked my toosh! I logged over 26 miles and 7000' of elevation. This has been a very emotional journey thus far. Every day I hike or hit the gym I feel my mom with me. Its been a hard 8 months without our Tuesday talks but I know she is watching and is proud of that I am part of this cause. This week work keeps me from hitting the mountains but the gym is just down the road. Keep sharing the message peeps and don't forget you can follow this journey on Instagram, Facebook and YouTube! Again thank you all for your support!
by Heather Johnson on Sat, Mar 09, 2019 @ 10:27 AM
Awesome community support!
Well the Bellingham community has jumped with their support and dontations to this cause! over $600 dollars donated so far, and many local businesses have offered to help with items for a giveaway that is open to all donors who donated $5 or more! Such and awesome response to a great cause!
This week I have done 3 training hikes/clmbs. I have this eagerness to jump in and just go but I also know me and I need to work up to this slowly. I am an asthmatic and recognize that I can't just GO. I have to prep the lungs for this type of exertion. Thus far its been 19 miles of hiking in the snow and mountains, with rock scrambling and a beautiful summit yesterday 3/2. It was an emotional day for me I felt my mom with me most of the day and found myself talking to her when the scrambles got a little rough on me. Knowing that I am doing this for her and those who suffer from lung disease makes me fell closer to her. I have no doubt that this journey will be filled with emotion, tears and smiles. Thank you all for donating and being a part of this journey! Happy Hiking!
by Heather Johnson on Sun, Mar 03, 2019 @ 9:39 AM
Well it is day 4 of officially being part of the The American Lung Association Climb for Clean Air. I have raised $400 thus far and Overflow Taps as well as a couple other businesses have donated items towards a rafel I will be holding in March. I am super excited to be a part of this. Its been quite emotional sharing my moms story and designing her flag and posters. I just want to thank you all for your help, encouragement and donations. I know she is looking down on this and is proud of all of what we are doing to bring education and programs to those who suffer from these illnesses as she did.
I did hike this morning as I usually do each weekend. Its just time to pick it up a notch :). I hiked Pine and Cedars trail here in Bellingham. It had some great gain from the start and with the snow and ice it gave me a run for my money the first mile or so. Again thank you all for the encouragement and as always. Keep on keeping on!
by Heather Johnson on Sat, Feb 23, 2019 @ 3:17 PM
Getting ready to climb
I am never too far from a trail when it comes to hiking. However, climbing a glaciated mountain is a whole different thing for me. Yes I have been up to 10000' on a few hikes, but they were hikes, strenuous walks, no ropes required, no crevasses, no glaciers! I am super excited to have begun this journey. I know that my mom is watching me and will be my guardian angel on this climb. We use to talk every Tuesday about my adventures and I still talk to her this day. I will be super excited when I can sit on that summit and show her how much she has inspired me to keep going! I hope you all follow along with this blog and the others to see how this journey progresses. Thank you for your support and as always... Keep on keeping on!
by Heather Johnson on Wed, Feb 20, 2019 @ 5:05 PM