Let’s make sure everyone can benefit from healthy lungs.
Chances are you know someone who has faced the challenges of asthma, COPD, lung cancer or air pollution. Despite losing several friends and loved ones to lung and breathing related ailments, I personally polluted the air and jeopardized my own health over the course of 17 years being addicted to smoking and vaping. I ask you help make a difference and consider a donation to help me reach and hopefully exceed my fundraising goal of $4,250 to support the American Lung Association. More on my story below:
Since 2017, I have managed to remove all smoke from my life and after a more recent bout with pneumonia, finally managed to kick the e-cigarettes as well. This has been a long term goal as part of my overall health plan for some time. From 2014 to 2017, I managed to lose 175 pounds, once weighing in at over 350. I lost this weight primarily with hiking and eventually incorporating strength training and running. It has not been an easy journey and the struggle continues for optimal health.
In 2017, I was committed to accomplishing my number one Pacific Northwest goal: Climbing Mount Rainier! I was engaged with a group of climbers and beginning to learn the ropes. However, I remained frustrated and skeptical about my smoking habit, especially at elevation. I was rapidly hiking up steep hills and was in great shape - except I still was smoking a pack a day. Despite having a great group and mentor, I decided that Rainier was to wait until I finally quit smoking.
Shortly after in 2017, I did kick the cigarette smoking habit, which allowed me better cardiovascular ability, and thus I began running 50+ miles a week. However, I traded my rusty old chains for shiny new gold chains in the form of e-cigarettes, or vaping. It was in early 2019 that I finally kicked the vaping habit too and finally removed all forms of lung-damaging habits!
One night in February 2019 I was talking to a long time friend on the phone and mentioned that I had given up on Rainier until I could quit smoking. I pondered how it would be nice to redirect my efforts from running back to climbing and finally get it done. Seemingly lockstep with fate and the universe, I stumbled upon a Climb for Clean Air flier at work the following Monday. My jaw practically dropped and realized that this was a way to give to an amazing cause that reflected the greatest struggle of my life: quitting smoking and optimizing my health.
I'm lucky to be alive and breathing clean air today. I want to give back however possible, and help sustain the air for future generations so that they too can breathe clean air. What better way for me to help the future generations and those suffering from lung diseases than to raise money for the ALA and accomplish the goal I set for quitting smoking years prior!?
I ask you help in any way you can and I will do my best to get to the top of that mountain on behalf of all those who have suffered from air pollution and lung-related illnesses.
Every donation I receive helps make a bigger impact. Please help support my efforts to save lives, donate now.
Together we can fight lung disease successfully!