It is hard to believe that more than a month has passed since we gathered at the Omni Providence Hotel to participate in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb. Cast in the imposing shadow of the former Captain Dennis Bell, I assumed the leadership for a Climb team with some trepidation but found that what began with a morning of strangers ended 15 minutes later with a group of friends. And oh what a group it was! Let me tell you about these friends who pulled out of their beds on a drizzly morning to climb stairs for charity. What??
This group of 21 raised $3,690 for the American Lung Association. We were the 8th highest fund raising team [out of 95]. I’m so very proud of this accomplishment!
On March 28, 2015, the twenty-one of us clad in our black Spin | Krank | Climb t-shirts began our ascent. Our times ranged from a blistering 2:00.3 [that would be Abe Raymond who came in 17th overall out of 529 climbers] to a not-so-blistering 5:02 [yours truly. I figured I needed to bring up the rear in case any of my team needed any help.] Three of the group: Colin Kimball Davis, Ray Deming, and Caitlin Toevs placed in their age ranges.
Here’s the great thing about the Climb: you have the gratification of supporting a terrific charity, you build friendships through your common support, it’s fun and it’s all done in time to go out for breakfast! Tell that to your take-the-elevator-one-floor-down friends to inspire their participation at next year’s event.
A very special thanks to Ann Messenger and the Five Bridge Inn for sponsoring the team and to my colleague Kyle Cordeiro - one spectacular cheerleader.
Beth Flaherty - Captain