OFF Topic: Unique hike for Veterans
- Hi folks,
This is a request for help from David B, a member of the Central
Arizona Mtn Rescue, and devoted friend. He and his friend Darol
need our support. Please read his message and think about how you
can help these two men on their amazing mission.
Friends and Family,
Some of you may have heard me speak of my upcoming climb, in August,
on Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa. Although it is the highest peak
on the continent, rising some 19,000 feet above sea level, for you
and I it is not more than a challenging multi-day hike. However,
this trip is quite different and, if successful, will break new
ground regarding perceptions about what is possible.
I have been asked by my friend Darol Kubacz to accompany him and be
the "technical lead" on this climb. What makes this trip so special
is that he experienced a serious spinal cord injury while serving in
the United States Army. In fact, he is paralyzed from the chest down
(T4 injury) and has no use of his abdomen or legs.
Two years ago, Darol attempted to become the first paraplegic to
climb Kilimanjaro, completely unassisted and under his own power.
Unfortunately, he developed HAPE (High Altitude Pulmonary Edema), a
life-threatening condition, at about 16,000. His HAPE forced him to
turn around well short of the summit and short of his goal. This
year, we will be climbing the mountain with a new plan that will
keep him safer, stronger and more likely to succeed.
Our goal is not just to touch the top of Kilimanjaro, but to raise
awareness regarding spinal cord injury and the disabled veterans
that are affected by this injury. The climb is also focused on
gaining funding to purchase several of the specially engineered
wheelchairs that Darol will use on the mountain. This chair has
allowed him to discover the outdoors and be active in remote areas.
Essentially, giving him the freedom to enjoy the very things that we
enjoy the mountains, hiking and spending time with our friends.
Darol tours around the country meeting with other spinal cord injury
disabled veterans teaching them how to use the machine. Many of them
are at a low point in their lives and once they discover the freedom
that the machine provides, they gain hope and a desire to push
The reason for my email is to ask a favor. Until a few weeks ago we
had a partnership with a company that promised to financially
support the climb, yet backed out at the last minute. I have a
personal goal to raise over $50,000 within the next two weeks so
that we can meet our goal of purchasing ten of the $5,000 machines.
I understand that we all support our own causes, yet consider this
the funding that I raise will go directly to purchasing machines
that make a direct difference in the lives of our disabled veterans.
No money will go to pay high-price "non-profit" CEO's or other
If you are unable to support us, watch the website for news from
Kilimanjaro. Please check out the enclosed letter from Darol.
David - (dbremson@...)