Sunday, July 13, 2008

Meet Kevin Cherilla, Expedition Leader

His face is hidden but his passion for adventure is not! Kevin Cherilla will team up with Freedom For Life in the 2008 ascent on Mt. Kilimanjaro. Kevin is no stranger to Mt. Kili as he has led numerous groups of all ages and abilities to the summit. If you don't know Kevin check out his personal bio.

"I grew up in Pittsburgh, PA and moved to the desert of Phoenix,Arizona in 1993 where I began rock climbing with the Arizona Mountaineering Club. I have been mountaineering for almost two decades and my adventures have taken me to six continents and over 20 countries. Since 1995, I have had the privilege of traveling the world with world-class, blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer: rock and ice climbing, running marathons, biking, and mountaineering. Our adventures over the years have been featured on the front cover of TIME, Outside, Climbing, and Weekly Reader magazines. We have also been featured on the Oprah Show, Jay Leno, David Letterman, and many world news programs. I served as base camp manager for the NFB 2001 Everest Expedition during which Weihenmayer became the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest and our team broke five world records! Our Mt. Everest documentary, "Farther Than the Eye Can See", has won 20 international film festival awards, along with several Emmy's.” Learn more about Kevin Cherilla.

Monday, July 7, 2008

2nd Annual Real Deal

June 27-29, 2008 Freedom for Life participated in a team adventure challenge in the Colorado Rockies. Each team consisted of 3 able bodied and 2 disabled members. The event included 2 days of mountain biking , river rafting, rock climbing and orienteering. The goal was for team members to work together to complete the timed challenges. Freedom For Life enhanced the event by providing 4 off road arm powered bikes for disabled athletes to use. This challenging event brought people of all different abilities together to share their strengths and overcome the challenges of each event. The Real Deal is organized by World Team Sports

African Travel Association World Congress

Darol Kubacz was able to travel to Tanzania, Africa in June to participate in the the 13th Annual World Congress of the African Travel Association. As a panel member he encouraged the delegates to "see their disabled population as people with something to offer instead of people who are a burden." He concluded that "American and European disabled travelers would be more inclined to visit Africa if the infrastructure was in place for a a more positive experience."

The congress provided an opportunity for Freedom For Life to explore service projects and partnerships with organizations that work to conserve coral reefs. One such organization, Counterpart
is already making headway integrating volunteer teams, local people and industry to help restore our diminishing coral reefs.

Thursday, July 3, 2008

Welcome to FFL Blog!

For the latest updates and details about Freedom For Life Foundation check this blog frequently. This blog will serve as a news feed on the 2008 climb to Mt. Kilimanjaro for Darol Kubacz and his climbing team.