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TEAM RED WHITE and BLUE INC

Kili Climb for Wounded Warriors
Training buddies: Nick Nigro & Steve Flanagan

Donations as of October 01, 2014:

$500.00 Raised Offline
$6,935.00 Raised Online
$7,435.00 Total Raised

Kili Climb for Wounded Warriors

The rates of PTSD, depression and suicide amongst combat veterans have skyrocketed over the past few years. In the past decade, we have lost more soldiers to suicide than we have in the Afghan War. "Of the more than 30,000 suicides in this country each year, fully 20 percent of them are acts by veterans. That means on average 18 veterans commit suicide each day." -VA Secretary Eric Shinseki (2010).  Many veterans have spent the past decade fighting wars and otherwise totally engrossed in a military environment. Civilian reintegration can be extremely difficult. A 2010 study of 754 veterans found that half of them reported “some” to “extreme” difficulty in social functioning, productivity and community involvement. For these reasons, it is important for all citizens to support our war-fighters positive reintegration into society.

 

Team Red, White & Blue (Team RWB) is a grassroots organization, created by my friend Mike Erwin, whose vision is to transform the way wounded veterans are reintegrated into society when they return from combat and exit their position in the US military. Team RWB’s mission is to connect and enrich the lives of at-risk and wounded veterans. 

 

My friend Nick & I are dedicating our climb of Mount Kilimanjaro (14-25 June) to raise awareness and support for these wounded, depressed and socially-isolated veterans. We are financing this climb ourselves; therefore 100% of this fundraising effort will go to Team RWB to support wounded warriors. We are trying to raise $1 for every meter we will climb - 5895 meters (19,341 ft). Let us know if you have something special (e.g. a fallen soldier's dog-tags, a memento of a deceased loved one) that you want to touch, or bury at, the roof of Africa.

 

Please consider making a donation through this website. No donation is too small. ($5? okay!) More importantly, please offer not only your gratitude but also your friendship to veterans & families who enter your lives and communities.

 

Thank you for your support! And please share this with all who may care!

 

Our Climb Timeline:
Day 1 (15 Jun): ETA 1235 Kilimanjaro / JRO (via Addis Ababa), stay in Moshi
Day 2 (16 Jun): Machame Gate (1490 m) - Machame camp (2980 m). Hiking time: 7 hours
Day 3 (17 Jun): Machame camp (2980 m) - Shira camp (3840 m). Hiking time: 6 hours
Day 4 (18 Jun): Shira (3840 m) - Lava Tower (4630 m) - Barranco camp (3950 m). Hiking time: 7 hours
Day 5 (19 Jun): Barranco camp (3950 m) - Barafu camp (4550 m). Hiking time: 7 hours
Day 6 (20 Jun): Barafu camp (4550 m)- Uhuru Peak (5895 m) - Mweka (3100 m). Hiking time: 8 hours to reach Uhuru Peak, 7/8 hours to descend to Mweka.
Day 7 (21 Jun): Mweka hut to Mweka gate and lodge in Moshi
 

Supporters

Comment Donation
Chris & Diane Egnatz sorry we're late!
Anne Shapter
Anne Shapter
Linda Traub Great job!
Maureen & Tom McGahan Great cause!
John Hughes
Rick Weissbourd Many thanks for doing this!
Jill Kooyoomjian Great cause! Congrats on reaching your goal!
Tom & Aase Kelly Congrats to you both! It's a great cause.
Patrick McElroy Great job guys, that was a great time!
Bradford and Amelia Volz Sorry for the delay on our donation!
Carla Ralston, Monica's Mom Great cause to support with your climb Nick
Kevin & Ann Donnelly Moving article in the Lowell Sun!
Gina Vaglica Keep up the good work!!!
Paul S. Doherty Major Flanagan - Fantastic. Thank you
Dawn Marie MANCINI
Sheryl & Michael Steve - still the best & the bravest. Be safe.
Brandon Steve, you are THE MAN!!
Frank Lucas Best of luck Steve!
Maria and Chris
Lauren Beal Great Job Steve! :-)
Ian, Annie & Mac We're with you Steve!
Anonymous To Life!
Arthur & Kathy
Thankful & Proud Inspired by your dedication and service
Jamie Lightfoot & Kenny Manning YOU CAN DO IT!!
Amanda & Alex Daigle That mountain doesn't stand a chance! Have fun!
Mary Baroni God be with you - So proud!
Anne Baroni Sessa Thanks cuz. God bless.
ourladyone in memory of hardy and rameriz
Laura Baroni Your climb is a mission of love. Godspeed!
TJ I love you Steve! Hope your climb goes great! <3
Tessa Good luck Steve! See ya soon... Love Tessa <3
Andrew Detor I feel bad for that mountain...
Julie & John Phelan In Memory of Oneka
Dave & Val's Flana-Clan Your Success is everyone's success.
Amanda Thank you for your service!
Elisa Simonian Ouellette Thanks for all you have done and continue to do!
Seu Ivo, Dona GraŠ·a, e Clarissa Flor Boa Sorte Steve! Que Deus os acompanhe!!!
Anonymous Awesome event!!
Nicholas Solis Kill it Boys...
Francesca Good luck Stephen!
Matt McQuilton Good luck. Thanks for doing this.
Christian Noel Good luck, be safe.
Aunt Jackie and Gang! Article moved us to tears! Love you and good luck!
Heidi, Tommy, Tessa, TJ and Aunt Jackie We all love you! Go Team RWB!! Be Safe!!
Judie Webber Good Luck Steve and Stay Safe!
Terry and Rick Barker Good luck!
karen, jason, and mikey reposa
Brian Diehl Good luck!

Donation Summary

Raised Offline
$500
Raised Online
$6,935
Total Raised
$7,435
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