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A climb of Vinson Massif for a Type 1 Diabetes Cure

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BENEFITING: JDRF

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THE STORY:

Four out of five doctors agree climbing big mountains is hard.  The fifth doctor takes the escalator to the gym, so what does he know?  Vinson Massif in Antarctica is a big mountain ("massif", see what they did there?).  Besides that, things tend to freeze in Antarctica, like fingers, hopes, and dreams.  What I'm saying is that this will be difficult and I will be uncomfortable most of the time, but life doesn't owe me comfort and I have long-term plans to explore the mysterious world of barcaloungers down the road when I will have plastic knees and subsist on metamusil.  In a very selfish way, this is a continual pursuit of my quest to climb the seven summits. It's like "7-Minute Abs", someone needs to make it easier and come up with the "six summits", this is just getting really hard.....

Fun facts about Antarctica:

  1. An ice sheet covers all but 2.4 percent of Antarctica's 14 million square kilometers. (the rest I'm told is an Ikea outlet with frozen swedish meatballs on a stick)
  2. Antarctica is a desert, even though it holds 70 percent of the world’s freshwater. (is that a Curry's Paradox?)
  3. Antarctica’s ice is so heavy that it deforms the South Pole
  4. Antarctica holds the top spot for the lowest recorded temperature on Earth, which was -129°F (-84.5°C) at the Russian Vostok station in 1983. (yes, even vodka freezes at that temp they found out....)
  5. The largest invertebrate that makes its home permanently in Antarctica is a wingless midge called "Beligica antarctica" (I prefer to call midges "flies" but midge sounds more sophisticated)
  6. Eskimos and polar bears are found in the ARCTIC, not the Antarctic (duh).
  7. Antarctica contains 90% of the world's ice (the rest is apparently used for Coors Light commercials)

So type 1 diabetes, yeah we need to stamp this out.  As many as three million Americans may have the disease, and approximately 80 people per day are diagnosed.  Insulin is not a cure, nor does it necessrily prevent the devastating side effect of this disease.  For more than 40 years, JDRF has been a leader in the search for an end to type 1 diabetes, through both research funding and advocacy.  JDRF has low overhead costs and most money donated goes to medical research.  I'll do the hard work in climbing the mountain , you just need to make my permanent brain-freeze worth it by helping me raise lots of money for people struggling with this terrible disease.   So please click DONATE

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