"One person can make a difference and every person should try." ~ John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Because of our partnership with Team Polaris and the generosity of the Polaris Foundation, Team Olivia raised an awesome amount of money . . . $11,475 so far - for the CFF through this event! I. Am. Speechless. What we raised through the 2013 Climb for a cure is more than we've raised for the past 3 years combined for this event! For everyone on our team who climbed with us to every single one of our generous donors who donated to support us - I hope you feel as amazed and blessed as I do to be a part of this - it is pure awesomeness!
This year was the first year that Olivia and Landen were able to attend the event with us. It was extremely special to have them there; for Olivia to see firsthand all the people climbing for a cure on her behalf. Not going to lie, having my children at this CF event, in peak influenza and stomach flu season was definitely anxiety inducing but I am blessed they were able to a part of this special day. It was heart warming to hear my sweet little munchkin's voice tell everyone she could "Thank You for coming", to the event. I have no doubt she felt the awesomeness as much as the rest of us.
With the kids at the event, Jeff and I decided to take turns climbing so we could alternate keeping an eye on them. I climbed by myself first this year so that Jeff could climb with the team and all the Polaris members that were there. Again, not going to lie, it was definitely not the same climbing alone without my team but I am honored that all things considered I was able to be at the event and do the climb. Climbing solo this year I think I made it up even quicker than in years past, clocking in at 14 mins 51 seconds. I was determined to climb as fast as I could in order to get back down to ground level to be with Landen and Olivia so Jeff and the rest of the team could do the climb. One benefit to climbing early though was I got my picture taken with these two:
T.C. Bear & Nordy
Here is our 2013 team - all 50 of us. This is beyond AWESOME. A big thank you goes to each and every single one of you for taking the time and putting forth the effort to do the climb and support the CFF on behalf of Olivia.
This is Team Polaris. Jeff and I are still beyond amazed at all the support of his co-workers and friends. It does not get any more awesome than this.
My dear friend Tyann, - another one of those individuals who is a doer, a fighter and goes above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of so many.
My sister's - Amber & Darci. This was Darci's first year climbing since for the past 3 years we recruited her to stay at home with our kids. We were blessed this year that she could attend the event and do the climb.
Below are a few photos of some of the team members after climbing 1280 steps, celebrating on floor 50 of the IDS Center. Thanks to my sister-in-law Em for sharing these photos with us.
Back on ground level, the kids and I along with cousin Emma and Grandma Dianne waited for our team to descend and got a few photos in the process.
Emma, Olivia and Landen
Miss Olivia - the star of the day.
My two treasures.
and finally . . . the story of the honey badger. One of the Polaris teams named themselves "Team Mongoose". The team Jeff was on was simply "Team #1", so a few of those team members set out to come up with a different kick butt animal to associate their team with. Cobra's, eagles and others were kicked around and once Jeff enlightened me, I took to my friend Google and you tube to try to find something that would give the Mongoose a run for its money. While doing so, I stumbled upon a you tube video (see link below), absolutely hilarious. Jeff and I had a laughing fit as we watched it over and over and over again - he immediately had to share it with his boss. Indeed, the honey badger is a crazy amazing animal. For as fearless and determined as this little beast is, I think Team Honey Badger is a very fitting name for a group that is relentlessly fighting for a cure for CF, . . . perhaps I smell a name change in our near future.
Warning, video contains adult and vulgar language.
Even more importantly, I got Olivia's culture report yesterday from the CF clinic and it came back free and clear as normal flora! Prayers answered! Thankfully, the 3 week course of bactrim she is on has knocked out the staph. She also gained 12 oz over the past week - which is very amazing for her - so once again,we celebrate and rejoice in these accomplishments and keep working like crazy to keep kicking CF's butt for as long as we possibly can.