Hustle and Flow

John Hancock Center and the surrounding areaYesterday morning as I drove to work, driving south on Lake Shore Drive and approaching downtown Chicago, I glanced ahead of me at the John Hancock Center as it grew closer… and taller… in front of me.

Man that sucker is big.

It’s frickin’ huge.

And as it grew closer, I stared it down.

94 floors. From the ground to the top. That’s my goal.

A slight shiver of fear ran through my body as I traced the graceful incline from the bottom to the top. The slope upward makes the building seem taller, and more ominous, than it probably really is. And the fact that it is, by far, the tallest building in its surrounding area makes it appear even more intimidating.

But I am ready to conquer it. And conquer it, I will.

I sent an Email to my family last week to let them know about my participation in this event. They have been overwhelmingly supportive– especially my Mom. I think she checks my personal donation website more often than I do. Each day she calls me to get an update on my progress, and tells me about groups she found on the Hustle website, where they are from and how much money they have raised. So far, Team Jenner (my team) has raised close to $20,000, and is ranked #3 of all teams climbing. Those are some pretty impressive numbers. I guess lung disease has touched a lot of people in many different ways.

Hustle up the HancockToday I reached– and surpassed– my $1,000 fundraising goal for Hustle Up The Hancock for the American Lung Association. I couldn’t have done it without the incredible support of my friends, my family, and the readers of this very blog. Thank you a million times over. I just don’t know how else to say it. I’m deeply touched by your generosity.

Of course, if you still want to contribute, you may– I will be taking donations until March 23. The link to my “Hustle” hompage will remain active until then. Click here or on the button at the beginning of this post if you would like to donate.

My next post will be post-climb. I will make it. I will survive. And I will live to tell about it!