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Climb for Cody
January 1, 2017 - December 31, 2017
Climb for Cody
In celebration of my 50th birthday I plan to complete climbing the 50 highest peaks in New Hampshire. Of these 50 climbs, 48 of them are part of the 4000 Footers, which I first started hiking with my friend Denise several years ago. Since then, Bruno and I have been hiking the 4000 Footers together. The other two mountains that make the 50 highest peaks in New Hampshire are, Sandwich Dome and The Bulge. These two are just short of 4,000 feet in elevation. My goal is to hike the remaining 11 summits on the list of 50 highest peaks, ending a climb to Mount Moriah (#50) in October with Bruno, Denise and a few other friends.
When I hike in the mountains I feel very alive, present and connected to my surroundings. The ability to climb mountains, to have the sensation of my heart pounding in my chest and my lungs working hard to fuel my body with oxygen is a blessing I don’t take for granted. For those living with Cystic Fibrosis, like my brother Michael and my cousin Stacy, every breath is precious, and sometimes just getting through the day feels like climbing a mountain.
It was through my brother Michael that I came to know about the Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation that was formed to honor Cody Nicole Dieruf. Cody passed away April 28, 2005, from Cystic Fibrosis at the age of 23. Her family formed the Foundation to carry on Cody’s legacy and to help others who live with Cystic Fibrosis. The Foundation has helped patients by covering costs of medicines, co-pays, and therapy equipment.
In lieu of gifts or a grand celebration, I invite family and friends to make a donation to The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation. I will match very dollar donated for Climbing for Cody, and Pfizer, who generously offer a matching gift program to employees, will also match each dollar.
Please consider a donation to The Cody Dieruf Benefit Foundation to help me celebrate reaching this milestone of being 50 years old!