1,700 Colorado Miles, 100 of the Highest Peaks in About 65 Days
(August 26, 2016) - DENVER
Rob Barlow was not supposed to be doing this. "This" is traveling more than 1,700 miles by bike and foot across Colorado's highest peaks, averaging more than a marathon per day. Rob's trek, which began at the end of June and will end in early September, is raising awareness about asthma and money to support the American Lung Association in Colorado.
Rob has had asthma since a young age and understands how asthma and other lung diseases can effect one's ability to live their life. He recalls multiple hospitalizations; staring at the clock waiting for his next nebulized treatment of medicine wondering if he would make it to that next treatment, and being told by his pulmonologist that he wouldn't be capable of being active in his thirties.
Now, at age 30, with his asthma managed and under control, Rob is showing that people with asthma can live active lives, a message the American Lung Association in Colorado works to communicate every day.
Funds raised by Rob will go toward the American Lung Association and help support programs like Champ Camp, Colorado's only asthma management camp. Champ Camp is a week-long camp for children ages 7 to 14 where kids learn to manage their asthma while enjoying outdoor activities such as canoeing, rock climbing and hiking.
"Rob's journey will raise important awareness and funds to educate people across the state about asthma," said Ashley Seder, Asthma Program Manager at the American Lung Association in Colorado.
Where is Rob now? To track Rob's progress and/or donate to the American Lung Association, go to his website www.1700mountainmiles.com
About the American Lung Association in Colorado
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease, through research, education and advocacy. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to improve the air we breathe; to reduce the burden of lung disease on individuals and their families; and to eliminate tobacco use and tobacco-related diseases. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Guide Seal, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit the newly redesigned website: Lung.org.