In Meridian one man is literally going to new heights all for a good cause.
He’s climbing Mount Everest to raise awareness in hopes of helping to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.
Ascent For A Cure Foundation was founded in 2019 by Adam Hodges, General Manager Of Anderson Health And Fitness Center.
The foundation was created to raise awareness and funds for finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease
“It is a degenerative condition in which the brain no longer produces a sufficient amount a chemical called dopamine and it happens over time, it’s a progressive disease”, said Adam Hodges, Founder.
Already helping to bring awareness in Meridian with a program for those with Parkinson’s called “Rock Steady Boxing” at Anderson Health and Fitness Center, Hodges hopes Ascent For The Cure can further help those in this program.
“One thing I would like to do with ascent for the cure is to create a lot more awareness in the community for Parkinson’s raise some funds for our local participants as well as others in Mississippi. we don’t want to turn anyone away that can benefit from our program”, said Hodges.
Hodges has been climbing for 20 years and loves the adrenaline rush and is eager to use it to help others.
“Just love to do it, and as the years went by i would seek out higher and more challenging mountains and i’ve climbed three of the seven summits, when someone describes that, that’s the highest mountain on each continents”, said Adam Hodges.
But the climb won’t be easy with Mount Everest being more than 29,000 feet high.
“Looking at about a minimum of six weeks climbing it takes nine to ten days to trek into base camp”, said Hodges.
Hodges says you can also climb Mount Everest from anywhere with the Everest Fitness Challenge for more information head to https://www.ascentforacure.com .