URBANA, Ill. (WCIA) — Five men are climbing the highest mountain in the contiguous United States to raise money for an Urbana non-profit.
In total, they’re climbing 580,000 feet at Mount Whitney. These men are making the trek for Lifeline Connect. It’s an addiction recovery program. Their dorm holds six men. They want to expand it to house 24. The hikers start Thursday. Two on the trip are graduates of the program.
“With the past of addictions, I didn’t even have the willpower to get out of bed and now being eight years clean and sober I’ve ran a marathon and climbed Half Dome and Angel’s Landing so why not climb the highest peak in the lower 48.”
“Because of this program I have a beautiful wife, I have a little girl who’s two years old and a little one on the way and I want to give that back to another man who’s struggling in addiction. It’s symbolic of the mountain that I’ve climbed in my life from the valley of addiction all the way to the mountain of recovery.”
Many local businesses are support them financially. The plans for the dorm are ready. Now they just need to raise the money to start building. You can support Lifeline and the climbers by clicking the link here.