BENEFITING: LOOKING OUT FOUNDATION
EVENT DATE: May 24, 2015
Positive change starts with the individual and we all have something special within us that can benefit humanity.
Denali and I grew up together, so to speak. From my little hometown of North Pole, I could see the 20,320 foot behomenth of a mountain in the distance. It stood towering over the plains of Alaska and was quite a wonder to behold for the little adventurous mini-me. Climbing Denali will be one of the most demanding personal challenges I have ever undertaken. It'll be 21 days walking up hill over glaciers and crevasses hauling more than my bodyweight in gear in order to touch the brilliant blue sky that hovers over North America. Am I crazy? Probably, but in that fun exciting way and for a good reason: awareness.
The charity I have chosen fights an uphill battle far more challenging than my climb. 1 in 3 women you know have been physically or sexually assaulted or abused. It’s a staggering statistic and almost unbelievable. But the truth is… We are everywhere. We are your friends. We are your daughters. Your mothers. Your nieces. We are your wives. You know and love us. There are many avenues to prevent assault and abuse but the mission of The Looking Out Foundations – Fight the Fear Campaign resonates with me personally. The Fight the Fear Campaign provides training in basic self defense skills including awareness, de-escalation, boundary setting, assertive communication, and fighting techniques—as well as access to resources for survivors of violence or abuse. I believe that prevention is a fight we can win and hope is something you and I can give.
If this speaks truth to you, please join Team Denali by donating to The Looking Out Foundation. You can do this by clicking the orange "Donate" button on this page. As a member of Team Denali you'll receive a red, white, and blue Pura Vida bracelet and your name will be placed on a flag I will be taking all the way to the summit! You're my team and I need you up there with me! The real strength and real change comes from you. Follow the links below for more information on The Looking Out Foundation and The Fight the Fear Campaign. If you would like to know more about Rise Above there is a link for that too. Thanks for your time and it's an honor to have you on Team Denali!
The Looking Out Foundation: http://lookingoutfoundation.org
Fight the Fear Campaign: http://lookingoutfoundation.org/campaigns/fight-the-fear/
Rise Above Seven Summits: http://www.riseabovesevensummits.com
The mission of Rise Above is to raise awareness, support and be a catalyst for action in order to help the communities within the Seven Summit's region improve their quality of life. Each region faces it's own unique challenges and often help does not arrive simply because many are unaware that they exist and do not know which avenues are present to provide that help. I chose the Seven Summits not because they are the most difficult mountains to climb, but for the simple fact they are the most recognizable. How can people help if they do not even know a need exists? Often times it is grass-root charities that are rolling up their sleeves and teaming up with the community to foster change one household at a time.