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 https://resphealth.donordrive.com/event/hustlechicago2020 The link/button for regular Hustle registration will become active at the Respiratory Health Association's site at 8:00am sharp on Friday, 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. (You'd have to take this on blind faith from me, but if you think you can do the half-climb, you can do the full climb...)
Please note: There is a new registration site this year!!! A .pdf document with detailed instructions prepared by a friend at RHAMC are available HERE…
The .pdf document noted above has examples of screen shots and step by step instructions you may find enlightening…
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
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