A few weeks before the climb, I was contacted by the PR woman in charge of creating buzz for the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. She wanted to share mine and Juli's story with the media. I was a bit surprised, because if you know anything about the RIC, they are the nations #1 rehab hospital for people who have been in bad accidents, had strokes, amputees, paralysis, multiple sclerosis, and the list goes on. When we go for Juli's appointments, I am always humbled by the patients we see and meet, it really puts Juli's issues into perspective. We emailed back and forth, while I answered questions about Juli, her doctor, and myself. As we got closer to the climb, I did a phone interview with her, and she let us know that we would be paired up with a media personality the day of the climb so that they could get to know a patient before they climbed (there was a challenge that went out to the media, which included a trophy to the personality who climbed the fastest). The Friday before the climb the RIC released a statement about the climb and some of the people who were climbing, we were included.
|Early morning arrival|
|She had to do a "selfie" for her webpage- she's on WGN Radio|
|The back of my t-shirt|
|Trying not to look too tired or sick|
|Taken by the photographer for the RIC|
In my next post, I will tell you about George Watson and the amazing Watson family that stayed with us for the climb.