February 27, 20132/27/13 0 comments
Alumnus climbs mountains to help teens overcome obstacles.
To help transform the lives of kids in need, Brandon T. Kibby, D.O.’97, climbs mountains – literally. This year, he’d like your help.
Kibby plans to climb Argentina’s Mount Aconcagua in November with Summit for Someone, the fundraising component of Big City Mountaineers (BCM), a nonprofit organization that benefits under-served urban youth. He has committed to raising at least $8,800 to cover some of his costs, with the balance benefiting BCM.
“The charity is compelling because I get to do something I enjoy while raising money for a great cause,” he says.
Funds raised by Summit for Someone climbers pay for BCM expeditions for at-risk urban teens to foster their life skills, self-esteem and responsibility, while reducing their likelihood of dropping out of school, using drugs and engaging in violence.
A pediatric anesthetist at Riley Hospital and the Indiana University North Hospital in Indianapolis, Kibby ventured on his first Summit for Someone climb in 2010. He scaled the Mexican volcanoes Orizaba and Iztaccihuatl, the third and seventh highest mountains in North America. He’s also climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world, at 19,340 feet.
In addition to benefiting a worthy charity, Kibby says climbing Aconcagua will let him reach a personal goal. The Andes peak is one of the world’s Seven Summits, the highest mountains on each of the seven continents; at 22,841 feet, Aconcagua is the world’s highest mountain outside of Asia.
“It will let me break that 20,000-foot barrier,” he says. “After I climbed Kilimanjaro, that idea got in my head and I couldn’t get rid of it.”
Kibby will spend the coming months training in flat Indiana with an increasingly heavy weight vest, stair machine and treadmill. He’ll also be asking everyone he knows to support his endeavor.
“I will be pushing my personal limits physically and mentally so that, with your help and my summit attempt, the BCM program can continue to reach over 300 at-risk teens nationwide,” he pledges on the organization’s website. “Please help me to help the future of our nation.”