enough to have a Fitbit that tells me I average 14,000-15,000 steps daily. Every day.
I do a fair amount of public speaking about organ donation and about Kari (and now Alex) – so much of what I talk about revolves around my participation in the Hustle – and meeting her friends through the Hustle – and about the people who come out to support me at the Hustle – about YOU… This climb has become part of who I am and what I do – and YOU have helped make it what it is for me…
Some of you have climbed with me for fifteen years – some of you for several years. Almost every year I meet someone new who Kari grew up with, and they come out to remember her with me. And for some of you – well, as Carly Rae Jepsen might suggest, I just met you, and this is crazy, but we’re climbing 94 floors soon – join us maybe?! Through these past sixteen years we’ve raised well over $300,000 together – that freaking blows my mind… How many times have you been part of a team that has raised that much funding??? I haven’t either. And this has happened because of so many people like you helping me. Thank you. And more special than the money will ever mean to me – you’ve helped me build a little platform to tell the world about Kari, and about Alex, and the gifts they’ve given – and you’ve helped me tell so many others about organ donation.
We’ve had so many organ and tissue recipients, and donor family members, and friends of donors on our team – and when I go places to speak about organ donation, people say, “You’re that guy who climbs 100 story buildings with your new lungs!!! And so many of them already know Kari’s smile, and her name – and that means everything to me. I would have never generated that much excitement alone – I would have never generated that much awareness without all of you.
I know that times are a little tough and cash is a little tight for many of us – and if you can’t make it this year, that’s OK – and thank you for the times you have made it. If you can make it – I’m honored to have you on my team. (And if you know someone who needs to see this note – please forward it to them, and please send me their email address so that I can get them on the notification roster!)
To sign up on my team this year, you will need to start at www.LungChicago.org The link/button for regular Hustle registration will become active at the Respiratory Health Association's site at 8:00am sharp on Wednesday, November 1st… Initially, only my full climb team will be up – I may create a half climb team later in the morning on November 1st, if there are several people who want the half climb.
A .pdf document with detailed instructions prepared by a friend at RHAMC are available HERE…
Note: This is a prior year's document -- but it still applies!
The .pdf document noted above has examples of screen shots and step by step instructions you may find enlightening…
Please note: if you remember your username/password from your last registration - much of your data will be already be completed!
The registration fee is the same price as last year – registration for the full climb is $155.00, the half-climb is $120.00.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me at BreathinSteven@gmail.com
Kari's Klimbers - Willis Tower (seriously, Sears Tower) Climb!!!
We’ve had Kari’s Klimbers teams climbing the Sears Tower (now, Willis Tower) for the past five years. This year the climb is for a Chicago charity – the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago / RIC. I have a young friend who survived a stroke who was cared for and rehabilitated by RIC. She’s climbing with us in November… Information about the climb is available at www.SkyRiseChicago.org
The climb will be on Sunday, November 14th. Registration is $50 – however, there is a $100 pledge minimum. You can either sign-up and immediately pledge yourself $100 (total climb cost $150), or work to get pledges. My understanding is that if you do not have $100 in pledges at some point before the climb – you will not be permitted to climb.
Teams are limited to 10 people this year – I currently have one teams.
Join us if you’re interested – click on the links above – on my page, click the “Join Steve's Team” link and follow the registration instructions. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me at BreathinSteven@gmail.com
Go back to Climbing For Kari homepage...
I was invited to ride on the 2009 Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade!!! I was incredibly honored to have been invited by Gift of Hope in Illinois...
Before I went, and while I was there, I created several posts at our blog, Revive Hope, about my adventure...
Here are links to those posts in somewhat of a chronology:
August 1, 2008 -- Light bulb, light bulb, pearls, pearls...
- About my invitation to ride the Donate Life Float in the Rose Parade...
October 1, 2008 -- Stars of Life Twinkle (by Melissa...)
- Among other things, about float rider and heart recipient, Bonnie Lundy...
October 2, 2008 -- Stars of Life Twinkle Part II
- Among other things, about float rider Steve Ferkau (me)...
November 19, 2008 -- Who are they? (by Melissa...)
- Melissa's post about the floragraphs honoring donors, that will be riding the float with us...
December 11, 2008 -- Dedications...
- About the Family Circle Garden and our roses dedicated to Chase, Chloe and Kari...
December 18, 2008 -- What game?
- A video post, and a regular post, about my seeming lack of understanding about the entire Rose Parade situation...
December 24, 2008 -- Christmas in California (by Melissa...)
- This is Melissa's thank you for Steve being her "Santa" by placing Chloe's roses in the Familiy Circle Garden...
December 26, 2008 -- Roses and Robbie...
- Christina helps coordinate rose dedications in the Family Circle Garden - this is about her brother Robbie, who was an organ donor...
December 26, 2008 -- Rose Bowl Tickets!!!
- Pictures and a video about getting my butt out of a sling...
December 28, 2008 -- We're in Pasadena!!!
- Arriving in Pasadena -- pictures and videos about our agenda...
December 29, 2008 -- Donate Life Float - Rose Dedications...
- Pictures, dedications, and videos about placing roses in the Family Circle Garden for Chase, Chloe and Kari...
December 29, 2008 -- Aspirations... And fun...
- About beating life expectancies, and having fun...
December 31, 2008 -- Dear Steve... (by Melissa...)
- A little thank you picture from Melissa for placing Chloe's roses...
December 31, 2008 -- Ready to roll... Donate Life Float
- A few videos and a post about the "Stars of Life Gala" and our dress rehearsal for the float ride...
January 1, 2009 -- I'm on my way...
- A brief post before I left for the Rose Parade...
January 1, 2009 -- A lot more than I ever imagined...
- A brief post after the parade - our float won the "Queen's Trophy" and I was a little too tired and overwhelmed to post...
January 4, 2009 -- Donate Life Float - Judging...
- A fun and late post about Judging on December 31st, with an emotional video of the judging and the lyrics of the song -- "There you'll be..."
January 6, 2009 -- Parade Day!!!
- A fun and late post with pictures and videos from the float during the parade!
January 8, 2008 -- Taking a breather...
- A non-post, with a lot of pictures of so many of the people I met and became friends with in the short week of the parade...
January 22, 2008 -- Iowans, and half-Iowans in Pasadena...
- Some of the special Iowans I met in the time surrounding the parade -- and one who went home and blogged about us meeting...
Listed below are members of my 94-floor full-climb and half-climb for the 2008 Hustle up the Hancock!! I have cystic fibrosis and received two beautiful lungs in April, 2000. My team is named after the precious girl who saved my life, Kari, and I do this to honor her, and her family.
Listed below are my friends. Some have climbed several times, others for the first time. Some of them bring life to people like me… Some of them work with people like me… Some of them just hang around people like me… Kari wore #13 on her Algona, Iowa high school volleyball team – some of them were Kari’s teammates…
Pledge full climb team here...
Full climb team members:
Ferkau, Steve Lung Health Champion / Captain
Gulotta, Anne - Donor Family Member Lung Health Champion
Alfred, Larry Full Climb
Allen, John - Double Lung Recipient Full Climb
Baghdassarian, Rima Full Climb
Bailey, Brooke Full Climb
Cahill, Joe Full Climb
Cardin, Felicia Full Climb
Cardin, Mike Full Climb
Cardin, Nick Full Climb
Carsello, Rose Full Climb
Caruso, Timothy Full Climb
Cunningham, Joan Full Climb
Deske, Tom Full Climb
Divis, Wendy - Iowa #8 Full Climb
Eugenio, Amanda Full Climb
Fellner, Reena Full Climb
Ferkau, Karen Full Climb
Fill, Grace Full Climb
Fox, Scott Full Climb
Garcia, Danny Full Climb
Gianfrancisco, Celeste Full Climb
Gianfrancisco, Paul Full Climb
Herdegan, Megan - Double Lung Recipient Full Climb
Hickey, Lauren Full Climb
Hinks, Catherine Full Climb
Huxel, Suzanne Full Climb
Ikens, Laura Full Climb
Ing, Maryann Full Climb
Ing, Troy Full Climb
Insalaco, Frank Full Climb
Johnson, Jennifer Full Climb
Klebacha, Keith Full Climb
Klein, Brett Full Climb
Kozlowski, Lowry Full Climb
Kubancek, Ruth Full Climb
Kubski, Katie Full Climb
Lang, Willa Full Climb
Malone, Brian Full Climb
Malone, Joanne Full Climb
McCarthy, Maureen Full Climb
McNicholas, Susan Full Climb
Miller, Cynthia Full Climb
Mirkovic, Erin Full Climb
Mirkovic, Kyle Full Climb
Mirkovic, Matthew Full Climb
Mirkovic, Srdjan Full Climb
Mrozek, Janet Full Climb
Omdahl, Katie - Iowa #12 Full Climb
Pagano, Peter Full Climb
Redenius, Alex - Iowa #7 Full Climb
Redenius, N. Full Climb
Rink, Paul Full Climb
Robbins, Gabe Full Climb
Ryan, Cheryl Full Climb
Schad, Dale Full Climb
Scheer, Kara Full Climb
Scheer, Kristen Full Climb
Schmidgall, Dave Full Climb
Schmookler, Matthew Full Climb
Schmookler, Stephen Full Climb
schultz, brian Full Climb
Sells, Daniel Full Climb
Sells, Greg Full Climb
Sells, Gregory P Full Climb
Sells, Stephanie Full Climb
Snyder, David Full Climb
Sofere, Joe Full Climb
Sofere, Sandy Full Climb
Sood, Carolyn Full Climb
Sweeney, Carly Full Climb
Tattas, Michael Full Climb
Trenary, Samara - Iowa #3 Full Climb
VanGetson, Cecilia Full Climb
Wagner, Beverly Full Climb
Wenger, Eve Full Climb
Pledge half climb team here...
Half climb team members:
Ferkau, Nancy Half Climb / Captain
Cardin, Mike Half Climb
Freedkin, Aaron Half Climb
Freedkin, Arie Half Climb
Manson, Julia Half Climb
Powell, Chris Half Climb
Schmidgall, Jillian Half Climb
Schmidgall, Lauren Half Climb
Schmidgall, Nancy Half Climb