The last time I took an active part in a fund-raiser involving exercise, I was in fourth grade, and I had people sponsor me for 10 cents a kilometer to walk 10 kilometers (approximately 6.2 miles) for the Crop Hunger Walk. Sometimes a sponsor would pledge 20 cents a kilometer, and I was thrilled. I was less thrilled when I walked the 10 kilometers only to realize that I had lost my sponsor sheet, but this was 1983--years before online donations.
I just joined a team to take part in Seattle's 25th annual Big Climb, of which all proceeds will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Here's my personal page. It's five weeks before the big day, which is March 20.
Why am I doing it? you may wonder. There are several reasons:
1. This is on the front page of The Big Climb: "The Big Climb is a stairclimb up the Columbia Center - the tallest skyscraper in downtown Seattle. There are 69 flights of stairs, 1311 steps, and 788ft of vertical elevation. Although it will be challenging, it pales in comparison to what blood cancer patients go through."
2. I'm climbing with two specific people in mind.
3. The more I do things that are really hard (but beneficial), the more I will be willing to do things that are really hard.