2017 Pikes Peak Challenge Summit Hiker: Robert Wingate

By Robert Wingate

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Friends,

As many of you know, when it comes to athletic endeavors, my mom never gives up. This weekend, she has declared her intent to climb up to the top of Pikes Peak, in Colorado, about 14,000 feet. Needless to say, I am again tasked with the task of trying to keep up!  We tested ourselves together in the Adirondacks a few weeks ago and I think we are ready! 

However this will not be just some other climb in the hills. It’s a benefit for The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado. And what you may not know is that my very first volunteer experience when I entered college was to work directly with brain injury survivors in suburban Philadelphia, and then later I went on in Colorado and New York to work with respite and recovery programs including supporting the needs of traumatic brain injury survivors, both on a direct service and a public policy advocacy basis.

The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is the go-to resource for help and services for survivors of an injury to the brain, their families, and providers. I’m excited to share my commitment to participate in the 2017 Pikes Peak Challenge Summit Hike. When I finish,  if all goes well, and the weather holds, I will have hiked 13 miles and 7,400 vertical feet to the 14,110 foot summit of Pikes Peak….though my mom will probably have finished ahead of me. 

Even more impressive than this challenge, is the courage and strength it takes for a survivor to overcome day to day struggles that come with a life of living with an injury to the brain.

I’m asking you for a small donation today so that together we can complete this climb and help this terrific organization accomplish its mission in Colorado… in honor of some of the remarkable individuals and their families I’ve met who have fought valiantly with this difficult need… and offer me a continuing incentive to try to keep up with my ever climbing mom! 

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