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Fourteen women from Georgia are preparing to go and climb in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in August to raise awareness and funding to fight global human trafficking and oppression of women and children. The climbers and participants are joining Operation Mobilization’s Freedom Challenge Wyoming 2016.
Freedom Climb was conceived and launched by the late Cathey Anderson. What started as a grand idea has now become a global movement called the Freedom Challenge, with climbs and physical challenges all over the world. “Trafficking is a worldwide epidemic,” said Cathey. “Freedom Climb attacks the problem at the source – in countries where women and children are most vulnerable.”
In just four years, The Freedom Climb expanded to the Freedom Challenge and has raised nearly $4 million for programs working to end the oppression of women and children in slavery globally. The movement has attracted hundreds of women across the US as well as from other countries. The money raised to date represents the opportunity for over 50,000 women and children living under oppressive conditions in countries such as India, Moldova, Ghana and France who have already been impacted and put on the path to freedom.
The Freedom Challenge is a unique cause-driven organization. Through mid- and large-scale community events, women gather to participate in physical challenge events together such as scaling the world’s largest mountains, running 5k and 10k courses together, daily fitness tracking campaigns and more. The women who sign-up to participate then petition their community, family and friends to sponsor them financially.
Funds raised support programs and activities facilitated by Operation Mobilization (OM), the founding organization of The Freedom Challenge and an international missions organization working in over 118 countries worldwide. OM’s four-part strategy to impact modern day slavery includes: Prevention, Development, Rescue, and Restoration activities which have proven successful in several target regions. In some countries, self-help group models are being employed where successful graduation of programs spawn new self-replicating groups reaching more and more women in the area over time.
“When we get our community involved, we are raising awareness about this issue,” said Tina Yeager, US Director of The Freedom Challenge. “When women announce they are going to climb a mountain and donate all funds raised to free a woman from modern day slavery, it’s exciting. Her friends and family join together to support her efforts. We’ve seen how they all become inspired.”
New supporters can join the movement and support the team as they raise funds and awareness for their challenge.
DONATE ONLINE: http://fundraise.omusa.org/Wyoming
MAIL DONATIONS TO: Operation Mobilization, P.O. Box 444 Tyrone, GA 30290-0444. Please make checks payable to “Operation Mobilization USA” and include the note “WY Challenge –[individual/team name optional]” in the memo field on the check.
The challenge does not have to stop there. Freedom Challenge community groups called Freedom Circles will be launching this summer in 2016. Groups of 12 women will raise funds, awareness, and volunteers to combat modern-day slavery and oppression both locally and internationally all year long.
If you are interested in joining or starting a Freedom Circle, please email The Freedom Challenge at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT THE FREEDOM CHALLENGE
The Freedom Challenge is a movement led by passionate women dedicated to freeing oppressed and enslaved women and children all around the world. Hundreds of women have participated in various fitness challenges that test personal limits, while raising funds and awareness. The Freedom Challenge was founded by Operation Mobilization (OM), an international Christian missions organization with over 6,800 workers in over 110 countries around the world. The Freedom Challenge raises funds that support various OM projects helping women and children impacted by modern day slavery. More details can be found at www.thefreedomchallenge.com.
Kirk Smith to race with Team Free to Breathe to Fund Lung Cancer Research and Double Survival
Madison, WI (May 3, 2016) – Free to Breathe, a lung cancer research and advocacy organization dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022, is a charity partner and will have a team in the PPD IRONMAN® North Carolina triathlon presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center, on Saturday, October 22. Joining the team is Athens, GA resident, lung cancer survivor and triathlete, Kirk Smith. In 2013, Smith was diagnosed with Stage 3B lung cancer, which has a 5 percent five-year survival rate and is not curable.
“This is not about raising awareness—we’re all aware of cancer,” said Smith. “This is about educating people that research makes a huge difference. Research saves lives and allows cancer patients like me to live an active life.”
A doctor had seen some unusual masses in Smith’s chest during a scan, so he ordered a bronchoscopy. On December 26, 2013, Smith got the results and learned he had lung cancer. He was 51 with no history of smoking, and was a very healthy runner, triathlete and cyclist. Over the next few weeks, he learned he had stage 3B lung cancer caused by a genetic mutation called ALK+ (anaplastic lymphoma kinase). This gene rearrangement constitutes about 4-5% of all non-small cell lung cancer patients. In his case, Stage 3B meant that the cancer involved lymph nodes on the opposite side of the chest from the primary tumor, and also involved lymph nodes in the center of the chest (mediastinum). Stage 3B lung cancer is not curable and his treatment options were limited.
After the initial diagnosis, Smith began taking the relatively new targeted therapy drug, crizotinib (Xalkori), a drug developed specifically to combat the ALK+ mutation. It was working for the first four and a half months of his treatment. His tumors were shrinking but he was also experiencing some adverse side effects that were going to prevent him from taking the medication much longer. Then in May of that year, another drug, ceritinib (Zykadia), was approved by the FDA and he switched. Currently, Smith has been on the drug for almost two years. His tumors have shrunk, his lymph nodes are currently clear, and he is able to race and train at a high level.
“Lung cancer research receives the least amount of money of the top three cancers, yet it is the biggest killer—causing the death of more people each year than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined,” said
Smith. “I want to use the platform of IRONMAN to show what the new medications are capable of, and to educate people that these new medications don’t happen without financial support for lung cancer research.”
Free to Breathe has raised over $14 million to support groundbreaking research and educational programs since 2005. This year the organization will be funding two new lung cancer research grants totaling over $1.2 million dollars.
There are still eight spots remaining on Team Free to Breathe for the 2016 PPD IRONMAN North Carolina triathlon presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center. To join the team, there is a $150 registration fee and $3,500 fundraising commitment (registration fee counts toward that goal). To register or for more information, please visit www.freetobreathe.org/ironman.
Free to Breathe
Free to Breathe, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is a partnership of lung cancer survivors, advocates, researchers, healthcare professionals and industry leaders dedicated to doubling lung cancer survival by 2022. For more information, visit www.freetobreathe.org.
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