Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hustle 2016-ish Registration

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Registration begins at 8:00am CST on Monday, November 2, 2015!!! Please be aware that it will likely sell out within about 60 minutes – get there early! This year we will be back to the usual February schedule -- Sunday, February 28, 2016…

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 Monday, November 2nd… Initially, only my full climb team will be up – I may create a half climb team later in the morning on November 2nd, if there are 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!

You will be able to use your Username and Password from previous Hustle registrations, if you've been on my team before... If you don't remember what your Username and Password are - you may want to check out this link before November 2nd. You can find your Username and/or reset your password by going to this link.

After clicking the button/link for regular Hustle registration available at www.LungChicago.org you will be directed to the Hustle registration page… Choose the “Full Climb” – on the page that follows, take the “Register to join an existing team” choice “Join a Team”… That will take you to a “Search for a Team” page – Enter “Kari” or some part of the “Kari’s Klimbers” team name and click “Search” – when “Kari’s Klimbers” pops up – click “Join this Team”… Then just follow the instructions to complete your registration.

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 $125.00.

If you have any questions, don't hesitate to email me at BreathinSteven@gmail.com

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Tower Up!!! Sears Tower Climb...

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.

Kari’s Klimbers

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...

Friday, October 2, 2009

Hustle Announce One

This year's Hustle up the Hancock registration opens on

Monday, November 2 at 8:00am Sharp!!!

The last few years it has sold out in about a half hour -- so be there early!

I will create my team prior to November 2 by pledging to raise $1,000 -- and links to the registration page for my team will be here prior to November 2... However, please do not attempt to register before 8:00am November 2 or you will be pledging to raise $1,000!
Pledging: If you're thinking about pledging me or someone on my team, I love you already... Links to pledge should be available between late October and early November, 2009. You can also feel free to email me via the link below...

You can click here for more Hustle 2010 information.

Or, you can email me should you have any questions...

See you there!!! Love, Steve

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Rose Parade Chronology

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...

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Pledge Kari's Klimbers Teams or Members

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

Friday, October 19, 2007

Hustle Up the Hancock Registration

Regular sign-up for the Hustle Up the Hancock starts at 8:00am on Monday, November 3rd – last year the 2,700+ spaces sold out in a few hours and there were problems with the registration site. If those problems have been addressed, it could sell out in less than 30 minutes.

If you sign up before 8:00am on Monday, November 3rd – you will be committing to raise $1,000 and will be considered a Lung Health Champion!!!

The registration fee this year is $110.00 for the full climb and $100.00 for the half climb. The registration website has changed - I was disappointed with some of the functionality last year, I'm not yet aware whether improvements have been made. If you have questions, email me after you register.

You can link to our full-climb team page here…

Click the "Join Our Team" button at the bottom...

Half climb link is not available yet...
Link to our half-climb team page here...
Click the Hustle Logo on the top left and click the "Register for the Half Climb" button

Click on the "Join Our Team" button at the bottom of the page and follow the instructions to complete your registration.

The full link to our team page is:


Back to "Kari's Gift" page...

Friday, September 7, 2007

Sears - Go Vertical

2008 !!!

“Go Vertical” supports the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Registration is still $90 this year and the climb takes place on Sunday, November 9, 2008 (start time is determined the week or so before the climb, but it tends to be early…)

2008 will be the sixth annual race to the top of the Sears Tower, the tallest building in the USA and the longest urban stairclimb in the world! The Sears Tower is 103 floors, 2,109 steps – almost 500 more steps than the Hancock!

This is Kari’s Klimbers fifth year climbing the Sears Tower. We don’t have the same hoopla as the Hancock – we don’t focus on fundraising (although it’s a very good cause…) We don’t do t-shirts or anything else. We just show up and climb. Last year there were around 15 of us.

Please Note: Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation internalized their web registration this year. It is an incredible cost savings for them – but it is not as “slick” as the prior Convivo or Kintera vendors, but they have been working with me, and working on the site – if you note any problems, please contact me and I will address it with DRCRF.

You can register to join Kari’s Klimbers Sears climb by clicking here…

Click the "GO / Join our team" button on the right margin... Complete the data requested and click "next" and follow the instructions through the rest of the pages (there are quite a few pages to complete...)

If for some reason you don't show up on my roster -- please email me and I will make certain you are moved to my team!

Upon completion – make certain you verify your name is on the “Team Members” roster at the bottom of the page… You can go directly to the Kari’s Klimbers team page here… Make certain you verify you are on the Kari’s Klimbers team roster – I had initial problems with my first registrations.

Please note: There has been some trouble with accessing our team registration pages -- I've tried to re-establish the link to sign up for our team -- If you can't get there, you may be able to use the general regisration link -- or register by following links from the home page... If you use the general registration -- select "join an existing team" and search on the name "Kari" -- you'll be able to follow from that point...

Back to "Kari's Gift" page...