Going with the flow!
July 25, 2017
Range of Motion Project (ROMP) has recently been introduced into my life because of my friend LP. Little did I know that an organization like this existed and I am so thankful that it does. This is a non-profit, for-impact healthcare organization dedicated to providing prosthetic and orthotic care to those without access to these services. The money raised will go to getting these services to those who need it. I will be hiking sections of the PCT this summer to raise money for ROMP. I am and will forever be grateful for the wonderful body that my soul gets to express itself in. I have a very healthy and hardworking body. I try to eat well and make sure that I keep moving most of the day. My love for my body has developed over the years for so many reasons but the main reason is what I have watched growing up my whole life. Since the time I was five years old, I have watched my Dad’s muscles slowly deteriorate around him thanks to Kennedy’s Disease. Kennedy's Disease is a rare X-linked recessive genetic progressive neuro-muscular disease. He lived a wonderful and wild life before Kennedy's Disease began to take his muscles away from him. He now depends on a wheelchair to take him wherever he’d like to go. The only time he transfers out is to go to bed, use the restroom, or to be given a shower with help. Somehow after watching his independence disappear before his eyes, he still wears a smile every day. His constant positivity and motivation has been passed down to me and pours out towards everyone I meet. I embrace the moment and know that on any adventure I am on, he would be right there beside me if he could. Climbing for ROMP is a way that I can give to a cause that I support for so many reasons. I’d love all the support possible for my next big expedition along the way. If I reach my goal of raising $1,000 it will directly benefit the Range of Motion Project and help 2 amputees get the care they need to get mobile again. On July 26th, 2015, the Range of Motion Project (ROMP) hosted the First Annual Climbing For ROMP; a worldwide event, which engaged hundreds of climbers on six continents, 13 countries, and 22 mountains across the globe. The signature climb up Cayambe in Ecuador was made possible with the support of the US Embassy – Quito Public Affairs Office. This event brought together climbers from the United States and Ecuador in an attempt to summit 19,000’ Vulcán Cayambe with a 16-person team of amputee and able bodied climbers. In 2017, we are building off the success of the last two years and our goal is bigger! We are hoping to have 1,000 people worldwide join Climbing for ROMP this year to celebrate the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act. The signature climb will again take place in Ecuador, where some of the most elite physically challenged athletes with from around the globe will be asked to participate in support of ROMP. The goal of the well-promoted event will be to show the world the power of mobility, the importance of access to prosthetic care, and the international importance of legislation protecting rights for those with disabilities in the spirit of the ADA. You can climb ANYWHERE around the world. Join the global ROMP community and CLIMB for ROMP!!!!