Michelle Grant via Crowdrise
October 19, 2011
BENEFITING: AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
EVENT DATE: Sep 29, 2011
Stacy and I are climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in September. Like most people, we've had many people in our lives impacted by cancer, so we would like to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. A big shout out goes to Amy, who hiked the Inca Trail with us in 2008 and beat breast cancer in 2010. I'm also climbing in memory of my aunt and grandmother.
Thanks to inspiration from my coworkers (Caroline and Michelle), we've decided to "sell" our steps up the mountain to make the process a bit more interesting. We also have a friendly wager on who will raise the most money. We haven't decided what the loser will have to do, but if you have suggestions, please let us know!
We will be climbing the Marangu Route over six days. If you want to play along, please write in the comments which steps you want to purchase when you donate, i.e. I want the purchase the first step or I want 25 steps on the first day. I'll list the names in the trail outline. If you don't want to select steps, I will randomly assign them to you. And if you don't want to play at all, feel free to remain anonymous and I will credit Anon with some steps.
Please note that all expenses related to the trip are being paid by Stacy and myself. The money donated here goes directly to the Chicago chapter of the American Cancer Society minus a 7.5% fee the website charges for maintenence, transaction fees, etc. Here's how it works: http://www.crowdrise.com/about/how-it-works. Most importantly, here's how the money is going to be used: http://www.illinoiscancerhelp.org/.
"The answer cannot be simple; it is compounded of such elements as the great beauty of clear cold air, of colors beyond the ordinary, of the lure of unknown regions beyond the rim of experience. The pleasure of physical fitness, the pride of conquering a steep and difficult rock pitch, the thrill of danger — but danger controlled by skill — are also there.
How can I phrase what seems to me the most important reason of all? It is the chance to be briefly free of the small concerns of our common lives, to strip off the nonessentials, to come down to the core of life itself." -Charles S Houston
The Marangu Route
FIRST STEP! $50 MICHELLE GRANT 1. First leg Steps from 6251 ft to 8934 ft (a total of 2,683 ft) are $1 a step MEGHAN AND CHANDLER (25) CAROLINE (65) DON VOGEL FAMILY (50) MACAIRE (25) CJ Thibault (50) CHRISTIE KUNTZ (30) ANDREW WHITEHAIR (50) PICCHIETTI FAMILY (30) GRAHAM (25) BECKY AND SHAWN JOHNSON (50) JONAS FELICIANO (25) MARILYN MORRISON (50) NATASHA (25) CHRIS AND TINA (75) WILL HENKE (50) JED GREENE (100) JULIANNA PALM (25) MARY FARONE (20)
AMY LANGENSTEIN (25) ANON (50) STEPS 6,548 to 6,598 BRAD STEPS 8391-8411 BRIAN MORGAN BRIAN HULL (50) LIZZIE FRIEND (25) MICHELLE EVANS (25) BETH (25) STEPHEN (50) LISA VANDENHEUVEL (25) CYNTHIA (20) TESLA (30) LAUREN, MELANIE, MACAIRE AND TY (45) DAPHNE (20) ANONYMOUS (25) ERIC (25) GRANDMA Z (30) MAGGIE (25) NADIA (30) LIZZY (20) PETE AND PHYLLIS (50) LIPSETT FAMILY (100) KATHIE AND PHIL ZIELGER (50) PAUL AND LORETTA APRIL (25) ANNETTE AND BOB FORSLAND (40) VAL KAPNER (25) 2. Overnight at Huts $25 SETH AND DINA KAPLAN Steps 8,934 ft to 12,208 ft (a total of 3,274 ft) are $1 3. Overnight at Huts $25 SETH AND DINA KAPLAN STEPS 11074-11104 BRIAN MORGAN Steps from 12,208 ft to 15,466 ft (a total of 3,258 ft) are $1 a step STEPS 14323 to 14573 FRANCES, DAN AND CAMERON (250) 4. Overnight at Huts $25 SETH AND DINA KAPLAN Steps 15,466 ft to 19,331 ft are $1 (a total of 3,865 ft) STEPS 19,131 TO 19,231 JUSTIN AND BRIAN FINAL 10 TO FIVE STEPS ARE $50 EACH SWR, MEGHAN AND CHANDLER, MARGARET, MONIKA MATTHEWS, PHIL FOX FINAL LAST FOUR STEPS TO PEAK ARE $100 EACH LAUREN, LEANNE FOX, 2 for SWR LAST STEP AT UHURU PEAK 19,341 FEET IS $200 TOM AND MARY GRANT Please help support this effort by clicking DONATE. Or, you can go even one step further and help us fundraise for this cause by clicking JOIN THE TEAM and share your own project page with your friends and family.