Donna Brown, 61, has experienced tinnitus, an incurable disorder which causes a person to hear a constant ringing or whistling sound, for over 20 years. Regarding the debilitating effects of tinnitus, she stated, “…tinnitus shattered my world and I could barely climb out of bed; nothing in life could have prepared me for the 24/7 agony of tea-kettle-whistling in my ears.”
In an attempt to raise money for the American Tinnitus Association (ATA) to continue the search for a cure, Brown will be climbing Mt. Hood in Oregon from July 11th to the 12th. Mt. Hood is both the tallest mountain in Oregon and one of the trickiest to climb. Each year, approximately 10,000 people struggle to reach its peak and, with its 12 glaciers, many do not achieve success.
However, Brown is exceptionally determined and has set a goal of raising $100K for her cause. She has previous experience with climbing. She conquered Washington State’s Mt. Rainier in 2007 in a previous attempt to benefit the ATA. With Brown’s fundraising efforts, the organization was able to fund more research that year than in any prior.
Brown is looking to recreate the success of that event with her current endeavor. She believes, “…you’re never too old to make a difference in something that you really believe in, and for me, it’s a tinnitus cure.”
As a special thank you, anyone who donates over $100 will be honored with their name on a banner which Brown which will display at the mountain top.