Climbing Mt. Denali to Support Shoulder to Shoulder
Written by Ronald Quintero
On May 14, 2019 I will be embarking on my fourth summit climb in the Alaska range. Standing at 20,310 ft / 6,190 meters of elevation, Mount Denali is the highest mountain peak in North America and the third most prominent and isolated peak of the world’s 7 summits. I will be climbing to raise funds to make health and nutrition accessible for the children living in Intibuca Honduras! Intibuca is the most mountainous and one of the most underdeveloped regions in Honduras. Transportation to remote villages is challenging and children walk miles to access schools and health centers. Shoulder to Shoulder is a non-profit dedicated to helping people of this rural area live longer and healthier lives. Shoulder to Shoulder runs health programs in 7 villages and has also established the only bilingual public school in the town of Camasca.
This project is near and dear to my heart. I was born and raised in one of these villages and have personal accounts of how difficult life can be when resources are scarce. As a mountaineer, I owe my mental strength to the challenges I faced as a child in Intibucá. I want to give hope to the children of Intibuca and give them an opportunity to grow healthy and strong.During my visit to Honduras in 2018, I had the chance to meet with StS’s local directors and learn more about the organization. Soon after, I committed myself to helping children living in poverty to access education and improve their health. I had the chance to organize a running event for the students attending the public bilingual school of Camasca, Intibuca.
With your help, this project will be a success and will make a positive impact. I want to thank you beforehand for your support and for standing shoulder to shoulder with the children of Intibuca.
To learn about Shoulder to Shoulder visit http://shouldertoshoulder.org
My goal is to raise $5,000 for the StS nutritional program. This would allow them to operate their nutrition programs in three villages and supply 3,000 infants and children, ages 0-5, with the nutritional supplements needed to prevent malnutrition.
All funds will go directly to Shoulder to Shoulder non-profit organization. My expedition to Mount Denali is fully funded by my personal investment.