Today, Team Red, White & Blue extends a salute to Alex Lintott, who completed an incredible 3,830 mile coast to coast bicycle ride to raise awareness for TRWB’s important mission of enriching the lives of wounded veterans and their families.  Alex, a recent MBA graduate from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, selflessly chose to spend his time-off embarking on a grueling, yet incredibly inspirational cross country journey.  His solo ride began in Seattle, Washington and ended 41 days later in New York.  Alex logged an average of 120 miles per day, conducted 6 newspaper interviews, 1 television interview, and blogged throughout his entire journey (visit http://c2cteamrwb.blogspot.com/ to read about his day to day triumphs and challenges). His efforts brought tremendous awareness and support to the ongoing effort of helping wounded veterans with visible and invisible wounds reintegrate into society following their exit from the service.  He also raised over $10,000 for Team Red, White & Blue. (more…)

A phone call update…actually several phone calls as they kept dropping. When the phone rang, Christel looked at the incoming call and thought, this could be it… and it was!! She got about three sentences in, and then they were gone again. Talking very quickly the third time, Brian said they were all doing well.

After Christel told them that they were halfway through their fundraising goal, Brian was choking up. They are so deeply touched, humbled and appreciative of everyone’s support and generosity. They really have the troops on their minds on their last day to the summit. (more…)

Wow, so the adventure has begun!  In 1998 I read the book Into Thin Air about the disaster on Everest in May of 1996.  I thought it was so riveting, I had my husband Brian read it. We both agreed we had no interest in climbing Everest (29,000 ft).  Shortly after, we were on vacation in Minnesota and Brian read an article about a woman who climbed Kilimanjaro (19,341ft).  She was older, but made it to the top.  At the time Brian said that he could see climbing Kilimanjaro some day, as it is not a technical climb.  Our son, Brendan, remembered this comment. (more…)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 – written on Metro train to Chicago

It’s T-1 day before takeoff to Kilimanjaro.  Our gear is spread all over the house.  I have a “Santa” type list which I’m checking far more often than twice, but something is keeping me from actually putting the gear in the borrowed duffel bags.  It will obviously have to be tonight, though I don’t have to leave for the airport until 11:30am tomorrow so, worst case, I can get into the final round of the “Procrastinator of all Time” awards. (more…)