I can't think of a better way to raise money. I live with depression and anxiety (note: "live with", not "suffer from") and many of my closest friends do as well. There has never been better therapy for me than climbing, and I've spent my professional career inviting others to face themselves and their struggles by creating metaphorical climbing experiences for a broad range of participants. Climbing allows us to face fear, struggle, and frustration in a safe environment which pays dividends to facing these things in our daily lives.
I will be giving all my proceeds to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. AFSP is at the forefront of research, education and prevention initiatives designed to reduce loss of life from suicide. With more than 38,000 lives lost each year in the U.S. and over one million worldwide, the importance of AFSP's mission has never been greater, nor our work more urgent.
From September 1st-10th I will be climbing one route per dollar donated at Ubergrippen Indoor Climbing Crag in Denver. I will max out at 4,600. That's 460 a day, which is over six times more routes than I've ever done in a day, for ten days in a row. This equates to 184,000 feet of climbing, the vertical equivalent of climbing El Capitan six times a day for ten days. It will surely be the toughest endurance test I've ever done. As a bonus, I will do one push-up for every dollar over $4,600.
I hope you will consider supporting my participation in this event. Any contribution will help the work of AFSP, and all donations are 100% tax deductible.
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