Anthony “Mic” McClareN
Why Climb Above Parkinsons?
Anthony founded Climb Above Parkinson's in 2017, with the intent to summit the highest mountain on each continent, in order to honor the memory of his father, USAF MSGT Jerry E. McClaren, who died on December 1, 2016, following a lengthy battle with Parkinson's Disease. He was 59. Parkinsons disease is a fatal neurological disease, and it deprives its victims of the freedom of choice and mental acuity. Climbing mountains is in direct defiance of this limitation, and in so many ways an affirmation of the power of the human mind.
Anthony has already achieved the summits of Africa, South America, North America, Europe, Australia and Mount Everest. Each one presented different cultural, logistical, and physical challenges. Much of the spirit of true climbing is self-reliance, and in this regard, Anthony has maintained an independent approach to these climbs.
Anthony has already donated close to $10,000.00 to Keck through this campaign, in addition to his current uninterrupted success rate on the summits. He is greatly confident in his chances on Mount Everest, but maintains humility and respect for Her, as he has done for every mountain.
Please consider making a financial contribution and spreading the campaign. Also, if you summit your own mountain, physical, professional, or spiritual, please consider sending us a shot out at #climbaboveparkinsons. Keep on rockin in the free world!