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Fighting a chronic disease such as Crohn’s takes more than just physical health and is much like climbing a mountain. It takes hard work, patience, drive and the mental capacity to keep moving forward even when you feel like giving up.

I’ve decided to take my passion for climbing and turn it into something positive by bringing awareness to this disease that affects not only myself but 1.6 million Americans. My goal is to embark on a journey to climb some of the tallest Mountains in the Northwest. This won’t be easy emotionally, physically, or financially, but my mission is to raise money for the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation which funds research non-profit, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improving the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. so please help out by donating or finding out how you can sponsor our cause. Check out the links to learn more about these conditions.

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My name is Anthony Zahler and I grew up in the beautiful state of Washington about 25 minutes north of Seattle. Still residing there in the small town of Mukilteo and work in the power industry as a Project manager. Growing up I played sports and was a huge car and motorcycle fanatic. I can thank my dad for these interests. However in the northwest a common outlet which my dad also showed me was hiking. I still remember hiking up Mt. Si at a young age with my dad and not realizing the impact it would later have on my life.

I had no idea how my life would change after I graduated high school. At the age of 18, I found myself down 25 lbs and in the hospital, not knowing what was wrong with me. I can still remember the doctor entering the room telling me the news that I had a chronic condition called “crohn’s disese”. Years after that event I struggled with staying away from the hospital. It felt like every time I would catch back up to being normal I would find myself once again in a room, with a gown, and on a clear liquid diet. Then at 21, I had 1 of 2 surgeries removing a portion of my large intestine.  Continue reading “About”

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