Writing Samples

Veteran

UNCONQUERED BY KILIMANJARO, PART 1: UNDERSTANDING THE WAR AT HOME

For many retired military professionals and first responders, the transition to civilian life is abrupt and jarring as they grapple with challenges like survivor’s guilt, PTSD, depression and suicidal ideation. According to Sheep Dog Impact Assistance (SDIA), an Arkansas-based non-profit that specializes in serving these types of individuals, a lot of these problems stem from a lack of support and …

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Mount Kilimanjaro

UNCONQUERED BY KILIMANJARO, PART 2: KILIMANJARO CLIMB FOR A CAUSE

Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, makes its way on to many bucket lists. After Retired Army Specialist Scott West lost his legs in Iraq, the feat seemed like a meaningful challenge to overcome. Early in his recovery at Walter Reed, he attended an inspirational film event for injured veterans. “I looked up at the screen and …

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Mount Shasta

CLIMB AGAINST THE ODDS WITH BCPP: TURNING 14K FEET INTO $6 MILLION FOR BREAST CANCER PREVENTION

Rising 14,179 feet above the pine forests of Northern California, the snow-capped peak of Mount Shasta pierces the clouds and beckons climbers and mountaineers to its thin, crisp, alpine air. It’s one of 12 fourteeners in the state—the fifth-highest among those peers—and requires a keen amount of technical skill, dedication and wherewithal to conquer.

Uganda

Path of Logic: Durangoan Brings Aid to Uganda Through Biking

Back in May of 2016, local Durangoan Nichole Baker, a PA in pathology at Mercy Regional Medical Center, found herself in Haiti after responding to a job ad asking for help with setting up a pathology laboratory. She was tasked with installing equipment and instructing Haitian physicians on the preparation of slides and blocks used …

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