Beth Friedman

1034 steps are enough to make any healthy person head for the elevator.  But not Beth Friedman.  Beth saw the mountain and chose to climb it. 

Beth climbed all 47 floors of the US Bank Center in the 2012 Fight for Air Climb.  She did it to prove – mostly to herself – that living with chronic lung disease doesn’t have to keep her from living life to its fullest.  At the same time, Beth’s team, “Bootcamp Beth” raised $2,994.17 on behalf of the Lung Association, surpassing her goal of $2,500.

Beth was joined by her “Sherpa,” Randy Hoth, and Aaron Lipski, a Milwaukee Fire Department battalion chief.  Randy carried her spare oxygen tanks and Aaron provided medical back up and radio access.   All three served on the planning committee for the Climb and hatched the idea at one of the meetings.

Beth was a competitive athlete all her life, playing volleyball and softball.  In 2009 she took on the additional challenge of enrolling in Milwaukee Adventure Boot Camp.  A year later, her breathing became more and more labored.  Doctors found blood clots on her lungs and diagnosed small airway disease and asthma.  To help her breathe, Beth uses supplemental oxygen when she is active and also relies on inhalers. 

For Beth, a strong, independent woman, accepting help was something new.  But although others carried her oxygen and supported her climb, it was still Beth, through sheer determination, who made it to the top, one step at a time. 

 

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