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Breath of Life Gala Event Info
My fund-raising goal: $20,000.00
Money raised to date: $17,252.00
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Personal Image As many of you know, Carol and I have been involved in fundraising for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for the last seven years, and this year is no different. EXCEPT for the fact that this year I’m stepping a little outside the normal “box” and using an upcoming hiking trip to help raise awareness and hopefully $20,000 for CF.

See that picture over on the right? That’s my buddy Hayden Siler and yours truly. She’s the reason Carol and I got involved with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s OKC Chapter. She has more personality and spunk than most people I know, is a major motivating force behind my trip and will be my spiritual Sherpa while I’m on the trail.

On October 28th I’ll be flying to Nepal and will embark on a 34-mile trek to Everest Base Camp. After making my plans it dawned on me that my adventure and Hayden’s life have a lot in common. CF is an uphill climb for Hayden every single day – breathing treatments, dozens of pills and chest therapy eat up about two hours of her day – every day. The altitude will make it hard for me to breathe on the climb, similar to what Hayden experienced just last month when she came down with pneumonia. The primary purpose of my trip is to capture some inspiring photos of Mount Everest and the Himalayas region of Nepal while soaking a once-in-a-lifetime experience and being grateful for each day, a practice CF families are intentional about as they know that at any point their world could be turned upside down by a life-threatening lung infection.

Assuming adequate supplies of electricity and internet access are available along the way, I’ll be uploading photos to an online gallery and posting updates on my progress during the trek. Those interested in supporting the cause by making a pledge here will be entitled to select any photo (or photos, depending on the size of the pledge) from the gallery, matted and ready for framing. Various sizes and qualities of prints (color glossy to archival museum quality) ranging from 8 x 10” to 24 x 36” or larger will be available. Details on the varying ranges of print options available for specific pledge levels are forthcoming and will be posted here shortly. All of my photos should be processed and uploaded by early December (arriving home Nov. 21) and available for selection and printing. Of course, if you’re not particularly into photography – no problem … your donation will be fully tax deductible! As a little additional incentive, Carol and I will be matching the first $5,000 in pledges.

Thanks in advance for your support of my buddy Hayden Siler and the fight to make CF stand for “Cure Found”.

Below is a list of donors who have donated to support me. Thanks to everyone for your support!
First Name Last Name Comments
Georgianna Fiering  
Nathan and Jamie Siler  
  Moran Capital, LLC  
Diane Palmer  
Jonathan & Stephanie Lapat All the best Chris! - The Lapat Family
Larry Mullins  
James Lofgren  
Cindy Powell Chris proud of your trek, accomplishment and cause.
Janie Schneider  
Elizabeth Cooper Namaste!
  Joel C. Hall PC  
John roddy Bates get er done!
Janelle Smith What a wonderful experience and such a worthy cause. March on!
Laurie Whitaker So proud of you Palmer
Patricia Taylor Clown made me do it....
Wanda Cantrell I’m so proud of you and a pleasure to donate.
David Treece  
Patrick Palmer  
Lindsey and Chris Martin  
Bob & Doris Doyle Hope it is a fabulous experience for you and such a worthy cause!
Bruce & Donna Young Good luck and be safe! We are praying for you to reach your goal.
  The Rotella Group, Inc. Good luck to you from all of us at The Rotella Group. Hope this will assist you in meeting your goa more »»
Mr Anonymous  
Fred Fugitt  
Steve Sturges  
  Encore Life Skills  
Stephen McArthur  
James Goza  
Mark & Staci Nash  
John Babb You really are one of the craziest guys I know. How about some BASE jumping off some buildings nex more »»
Patricia Taylor Good luck!!!
Virginia Leto So proud to contribute to a finding a cure. Tip of the hat to Chris Palmer for taking this adventure more »»
Kerri Borden  
Christy Hanshew  
Bonnye Willey  
Kelley Lobb  
Chris Graham  
J.D. Butts  
Katherine Schmidt  
Steven Stark Go Chris and Go Hayden!
Stephen Hance What a great way to bring attention to this disease and raise funding for a cure. Climb on Chris more »»
Jan & Bob Neely Go Little Bro!
Michael Anderson I love this project and am very happy to give a little to the cause. Just know many people are rooti more »»
Tara Heitz GO PALMER, GO!!! Eight thumbs up from Andy, Tara, Truman and Faye.
David Baker take some chocolate cake with you
Jenni Choi Hi Chris, Good luck on this trip to Everest Base Camp! We will all be praying for you! Be safe! Al more »»
Sharon Greene  
Terrell Palmer  
Terry Attebery  
  John Cumbelich & Associates  
  Oklahoma United Methodist Foundation  
  Strategic Retail Advisors  
Andy Burnett