Sometime in 2002, a friend of Jeremy's came to him,
jokingly taunting him about climbing up Mt. Hood.
Suffering from chronic asthma conditions his whole life,
nobody thought he'd be able to pull it off. But you have
to know what happens when you dare a red head to do
something. . . . .
Determination became passion, and climbing despite
asthma became a mission for Jeremy. Summits, Ice,
Once Jeremy was able to persuade some close friends to just give it a try, and ultimately
turned them on to climbing, they decided that, as a team, they could make a difference by
pressing the limits of what they love to do to raise awareness and make a statement to help
those who need help the most . . . children, our future.
Fighting for kids who need help is fiery motivation for Jeremy on the climb, who has
earned the nickname "Rambo" from other climbers, surprised to watch him bombing up
and down the routes, once even three times all the way up and down 9,000 feet in only 3
Liesl has only recently discovered a passion for rock climbing.
Training at Smith Rock and other area locales in the northwest,
she recently put up her first two summit bids, on Mt. Hood
(11,245 feet) and Grand Teton (13,770 feet), missing the summit
by only 350 feet due to an electrical storm pounding the summit.
For many years she supported and observed the team's climbing,
managing details, and frequently excited. With much faith and a
strong will, she ultimately decided to venture out and participate
in an adventure to benefit children, and with her first joint climb
with Jeremy & Jordan, Summits for Kids was born.
She is passionate about helping children as she has two young boys of her own. She looks
forward to climbing different summits and improving her skills all while raising money that
will directly benefit children. While she is not climbing Liesl is Office Manager at a local
physical therapy clinic and a fulltime devoted mother.
Ashton - An up and coming climber. One of the
team and one of our huge motivators.
Working with kids
|© 2008 Summits For Kids
14920 SW Ruby Street Beaverton, OR 97007 tel: 971-226-9373 E-mail >
|Pain is nothing
what it feels like
|To Use Our Love & Passion for climlbing as the focal instrument to
drive a non-profit organization that will significantly iprove the
quality of life for children around the world.
Early in 2008, a small group of climbers, ranging from experienced to relatively new,
decided to take a passion for mountaineering and climbing rock & ice and use it as a
vehicle to impact children in a meaningful way. With a vision larger than the mountains we
climb, we seek to symbolically overcome these massive obstacles, and to offer the
opportunity to you to do the same, to help children with mountains of their own to
Our first two benefit climbs in 2007 found us successful in raising over $5,000 for children.
While we did not meet our goals in our first year, we are enthused and driven by the
response and support we have seen from our local community and from the citizens of our
great country. Graciously received by local radio shows and news programs, we have begun
to get the word out to people about our commitment to help kids in need.
Our first newsletter was released to over 200
readers, with dozens more subscribing shortly
afterwards. As we spent a large portion of the
summer training, our founding climbers found
themselves adopting additional climbers to our
core group to further strengthen our
foundation, each crucially providing skills and
abilities vital to success in making a difference
for kids. We also enjoyed some wonderful
experiences helping to introduce some
wonderful people to the world of climbing.
Our vision only increased as we pressed
through the year, and our plans have grown to
encompass a variety of ways to impact kids
locally and across the country.
Summits For Kids Helps Children in Need
Initially, we began by climbing exclusively on our
own to raise awareness and funds for kids, and
acting as a direct conduit for donations from nearly
100 people from over a dozen states. In 2009, for
the first time, we will be able to take people who
have always been interested in climbing a
mountain, and make their own desire become
reality. By joining us and helping to raise money
for kids, those interested will be able to benefit
from the thrill of their own summit experience but
with the safety and assistance of climbing with
with kids on a hands-on basis, passing on the
values of self-belief, perseverance, teamwork and
achievement, and steering them away from the In
2009, we will also begin working individually with
kids on a hands-on basis, passing on the values of
self-belief, perseverance, teamwork and
achievement, and steering them away from the
influences of drugs, alcohol, abuse and too much
television and video games. But we need your help
Devil's Tower Summit, WY
Jeremy & Brenda 09/2008 climbed for
children with medical needs
Jeremy & Liesl 8/10 after a summit of the
Grand to raise funds for childhood asthma
1) Play a role in developing and building sustainable food sources in
areas of the world short on, or desperately in need of, resources.
2) Provide aide and assistance in economically restoring areas
significantly impacted by natural disasters.