BENEFITING: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
EVENT DATE: Jun 18, 2012
What: I will be attempting to reach the summit of Mt. Rainier in Washington State over the course of 4 days during the week of June 18th, 2012. Standing at 14,417 ft in elevation, Mt. Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states. The initial two days will include orientation and a basic mountaineering safety course. Then the climb will begin at the Paradise ranger station located at an elevation of 5,400 ft and take roughly 2 days of strenuous climbing including a brief overnight at Camp Muir at roughly 10,000 ft.
Why: As a young teenager, I had my first experience with Mt. Rainier on a trip to Seattle/Olympia WA to visit family. I was in awe of this amazing peak that seemingly sprang up from out of nowhere and dominated the skyline no matter where you were. I was able to visit the mountain on this trip and hike its lower trails and slopes up to the base of its numerous glaciers that stretched far above. Viewing its sheer size and raw beauty up close and personal was something I’ll never forget. Ever since it’s been a goal of mine to challenge myself, go back, and take myself all the way to the top
Where you come in: In the early planning phases for this trip, I decided that I wanted to do something above and beyond just accomplishing a personal goal. I wanted to use my climb as a conduit to aid and benefit more than just myself. It was from this idea that the Climb for the Kids fundraiser benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was born.
I’ve always felt in my heart that a sick child is without a doubt one of the most innocent and helpless victims one can imagine in this world. The trauma, stress, and strain such situations can place on not only the child but his or her family can be tremendous and heartbreaking. Anything that can be done to help or save the lives of some our most innocent members of society is well worth our generous support.
One of best organizations that has a long history of caring for and unconditionally supporting sick children and their families is unquestionably St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More than 75% of St. Jude funding is supported through public donations so every dollar is critical to their mission. Donations and funding to St. Jude can help these children in and their families in a variety of ways, to include:
- St. Jude families never pay for treatment not covered by insurance, and no child is ever denied treatment because of the family's inability to pay.
- St. Jude helps to cover other costs a family typically incurs while their child is being treated at the hospital, including travel, housing and food.
- At St. Jude, donor dollars help fuel the groundbreaking research that leads to pioneering care and treatments for childhood cancer and other deadly diseases.
To learn more about how St. Jude utilizes their donations visit their website here: http://www.stjude.org/whysupport
The fun part: To create a bit of a team feeling for those who donate, I will be creating a t-shirt prior to the climb with the fundraiser’s logo up front and every donor’s name on the back. I plan to wear this shirt throughout my climb. This way in spirit I will be taking every donor with me to the top as well, quite literally “on my back”! If you would like to remain anonymous or even submit an alternate name in memoriam, that is more than welcome
In Closing: Please know that no donation is too small and any kind of help that can be provided will be of great use to those in need. Thank you so much for your time and consideration towards this great cause.