Time for me to Hustle up The Hancock again. Last year was a great experience in many ways and I am truly looking forward to it again. The support I received from friends, family and the myITforum community was truly heart warming. On the day of the climb and throughout, I had the opportunity to encounter folks making their own personal journey to the top of the Hancock for a variety of reasons. Some wear shirts in memory of loved ones fighting lung disease. Some in memory of those who have given them a second chance at life (www.ClimbingForKari.org) and others to show the benefits of exercise (http://www.waswayfat.com). It was impressive to see some of the hard core athletes fly by me in the stairs, but I was more impressed with the folks who were out of shape, yet climbing in memory of a loved one. It was humbling to see folks literally pulling themselves up the stairs as they helped raise money in hopes that their loss was not in vain.
The timing of the event turned out to be a pretty special occasion for our family as well. The day before the climb we found out my wife was pregnant with our daughter and had the joy of sharing the news with our family. My mom is a lung cancer survivor, so seeing her at the end of the climb added to the importance of the event as well. This year I will again be climbing with the hopes of raising money for the American Lung Association along the way and looking forward to seeing my wife holding my daughter at the top of the John Hancock Building. Well not really on the top, inside at the Skydeck with an incredible view of a beautiful city.
I ask again for your support as I climb to raise funds for the American Lung Association. I really liked Rod’s approach last year, do what you can, if every member of myITforum donated $1 we would see some pretty impressive numbers raised for a great cause.