Hike to Heal

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September is National Pulmonary Fibrosis Month

“The best thing you can do is be as healthy as you can”.

These words were spoken by Dr. Lindy Klaff at EvergreenHealth after his Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis diagnosis in March of 2016. What Doug does next, and how he brings those words to life, inspires us all.

Pulmonary Fibrosis is a chronic and progressive lung disease where the air sac in the lungs become scarred and stiff – making it difficult to breathe and get enough oxygen to the bloodstream. With this diagnosis, activities involving aerobic exercise become beyond difficult. Pulmonary Fibrosis is a disease that is not well known, however as many as 40,000 Americans die from it each year.

Before diagnosis, Doug was an avid hiker with two Mt. Adam climbs under his belt, so being in the mountains, emerged in nature is a passion… and a way of life. He was determined to raise awareness and financial support for IPF and what better way to do so than to hike for the cause with the people he loves most; his family.

After spearheading the logistical aspects of planning a hike with support oxygen, Doug settled on Rattlesnake Mountain just west of North Bend. His family and friends helped carry oxygen tanks up the mountain and as a team, they made it to Stan’s Overlook! The first hike was done in 2017 with some lessons learned. The second hike in 2018 went much smoother with hopes of a third one next year. Fatigue on second hike was mitigated by excellent support from EvergreenHealth’s Palliative Care program.

Over $3,000 for Pulmonary Fibrosis and two years of tradition, triumph and memories. Doug, you inspire us all and EvergreenHealth is grateful for you.