It really has been a busy summer. We’ve had a little bit of everything…
We’ve been to Colorado (twice for some of us), hospitals, received a new wheelchair from Aspen Seating, started training for the 2015 Marine Corps Marathon, continued fundraising for the LIVESTRONG Foundation, attended conferences, done interviews, and are eagerly waiting Thursday night’s national cable premiere of Marc Middleton and Growing Bolder‘s wonderful documentary following our Survivor Summit climb, titled Conquering Kilimanjaro.
We know this is a lot of stuff. Hopefully, most of it reaches you and is in some way interesting, entertaining, or useful. As always, thank you all for being so incredibly supportive of our family! We even added a few photos!
The wonderful documentary that Marc Middleton and his team at Growing Bolder made to capture our climb of Kilimanjaro is ready for your living room! You can now purchase a download the movie, or watch it on cable one of two nights, this week. Here are the details:
Conquering Kilimanjaro can be purchased for download or streaming through VHX, at conqueringkilimanjaro.vhx.tv . I did it just last week. I purchased, downloaded, and was able to play it through iTunes, just like any other movie. Awesome and easy!
CABLE TELEVISION PREMIERE
Set your DVRs! Conquering Kilimanjaro will make its national premiere this Thursday night, on the RLTV network. It will be preceded by a 30-minute Behind the Scenes episode of Growing Bolder. The entire programming package will re-air on Saturday night.
To find out where and when to tune in, visit the RLTV website, and click “Where To Watch” from the menu. Click “Schedule” from the menu to confirm viewing times. Here are the basics:
Stations In Texas:
AT&T U-verse – Ch 175
Comcast – Ch 132
Time Warner – Ch 178
Thursday, Sept 10
7:00 CST – Behind the Scenes Special
7:30 CST – Conquering Kilimanjaro
Saturday, Sept 13
8:00 CST – Behind the Scenes Special
8:30 CST – Conquering Kilimanjaro
2015 MARINE CORPS MARATHON
We’ve been training off and on all summer for our second full marathon! On October 25, we’ll be in Washington D.C., for the Marine Corps Marathon. Once again, we’re running to benefit the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
Over the past two years our friends, family, and co-workers have helped us raise over $32,000 to help patients and loved ones affected by cancer. This funding has done amazing things for people in need of support. In the last few months alone, Bree and I have been approached by a handful of friends dealing with a new diagnosis. The existence of the LIVESTRONG Foundation is essential to making sure they have the information and resources they need to regain their bearings.
At the beginning of the year, we decided to raise $10,000 to support these services. Today, we are $6,000 closer to that goal. If you’d like to help push us over the top, we would love to have your support. Running this race and getting a few blisters is the least we can do for an organization that offers so much, to so many.
MD ANDERSON INTERVIEW & ARTICLE
Last month, MD Anderson interviewed us for an article in their quarterly publication, Conquest. They even sent out the ridiculously talented Wyatt McSpadden to take some photographs. I’m not going to get into how lucky we were to have Mr McSpadden take our photos. The man is beyond good. It all turned out great, and explains everything from why we wanted to join Survivor Summit, to all that we took away from the trip. The full article can be read, here.
MD ANDERSON MOON SHOTS PROGRAM
Bree has remained active as a patient advocate for the Breast and Ovarian Cancer Project within MD Anderson’s Moonshots Program. She recently attended a scientific review of the project’s progress. It was really amazing to have an active role with the scientists, researchers and doctors who are on the front lines of modern cancer treatment and prevention. We are extremely lucky to have these individuals looking out for Bree and her health.
BECK’S NEW WHEELCHAIR
Beck was able to make his first trip to Colorado, in August. We went up to Denver for a new wheelchair seating system from Ride Designs & Aspen Seating. This company is truly amazing at what they do. Beyond custom molding a seat to Beck’s every curve, they also create the same seating systems for nearly every athlete on the US Paralympic winter sports teams. So… Beck will need to start training a little, to fully break in his new wheels.
Unfortunately, the trip did have its low points. Beck had two severe seizures that required ER visits, one inside an ambulance. The altitude and fatigue were just a bit too much. However, as you can see in the photo above, a little oxygen went a long way to getting him back on track. We made it out hiking, and ate plenty of ice cream.
Elliott had a great time. No problems there!
WEMINUCHE WILDERNESS ADVENTURE
I was also lucky enough to get out and about in Colorado. Cannon Anderson helped plan an amazing adventure through the Weminuche Wilderness in southwest Colorado. We boarded one of the last narrow gauge, steam-powered trains in the country in Durango, and took it 2.5 north, towards Silverton. The train stops halfway along the route, and you exit the train with your backpack and a few days worth of supplies. Then, you hike 7 miles east, up into the incredible Chicago Basin. From there, you camp, enjoy the views and climb Colorado’s three most isolated 14,000 ft peaks. We made it up Windom Peak, and called it a day. An absolutely amazing experience.