#TeamDonateLifeEndure.com

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Through awareness, advocacy, education, and fundraising in the endurance and outdoor communities, 

#TeamDonateLifeEndure.com promotes organ/tissue donation and mental health. 

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To donate to our beneficiary, the Chris Klug Foundation, please click HERE. Thank you!

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Our Story

In 1990, my mom, Pam, had a fatal liver disease. Thankfully, she received a life-saving liver from a deceased donor. The liver continues to function well today. Twelve years later, Mom needed a kidney transplant, and her brother, the infamous Uncle B. (finisher of Leadville 100 and many other events), came through with a kidney. That kidney did well for about 15 years, but she needed another transplant in 2017. Another brother, Uncle E. (also finisher of dozens of ultra runs), pulled through with a kidney. Mom is doing well, and Uncle E. finished the Leadville 100 (his 24th finish!) just nine months later. My dad, Mark, wanted to give back, so he provided an anonymous kidney donation in early 2018. Needless to say, organ donation is dear to my heart, and I seek here to support a cause that saves lives.

Mental health has come onto my radar as an essential topic through my work with endurance athletes and growing understanding of the connections between training, racing, overtraining, and well being. It’s my hope that sharing openly about my own experience with depression may empower others to seek help, move forward, and partner in camaraderie.

Thanks for checking out #TeamDonateLifeEndure.com,

Travis


Current Campaign

On March 28, 2019, the #TeamDonateLifeEndure.com Skimo Squad of Jamie Kilcoyne and Travis Macy will compete in The Grand Traverse, an epic backcountry ski race over 40 miles in the Colorado Rockies from Crested Butte to Aspen. The ski begins at midnight, and we’re racing on behalf of the Chris Klug Foundation, which promotes organ and tissue donation. Donations are greatly appreciated, and they can be made here. All funds go directly to charity; no money passes through our hands. We’ve set a big goal of raising $3000, and we truly appreciate donations of any amount.


Join Us!

We’d love to have you on #TeamDonateLifeEndure.com! All are welcome. To join, please donate $75 or more to our current campaign. We look forward to mailing you a team hat and signed copy of THE ULTRA MINDSET. 

We’re looking to grow the project through partners and creative efforts; shoot us a note below if you have any ideas.

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Ambassadors & Partners

 ERIC, ANNE, and ETHAN PENCE  This Colorado family loves running ultras. They’ve all finished multiple 100-milers; Ethan finished his first at age 19 and Eric has finished 50 of them, including three since donating a kidney to his sister in December 2017.

ERIC, ANNE, and ETHAN PENCE

This Colorado family loves running ultras. They’ve all finished multiple 100-milers; Ethan finished his first at age 19 and Eric has finished 50 of them, including three since donating a kidney to his sister in December 2017.

 JOSHUA STEVENS  Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Joshua Stevens is a professional Ultra Marathon athlete based in Estes Park, Colorado. He has numerous Top 10 finishes at races including The Zion 100, The Kodiak 100, The Palmer Lake 24-Hour Death Race, The Rocky Raccoon 50 (x 2), the Badwater Cape Fear 50 and a win at the Bear Chase 100k in 2016. As a decorated combat veteran with over 20-years in the Infantry and a variety of Army Special Opreations Forces he has been awarded the Purple Heart and Two Bronze Stars.  “As a decorated combat veteran with 24-years of service in the United States Army I know personally the challenges facing those struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and mental health disorders. It is so very important that people from all walks of life struggling with mental illness know how and where to reach out to for treatment and support. Overcoming the stigma associated with mental health challenges is the first step on the road to caring for members of our communities who need our love, compassion and understanding. Please join me in raising awareness and resources for those in need.”  More about Joshua’s important work with The Herren Project is  here .

JOSHUA STEVENS

Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Joshua Stevens is a professional Ultra Marathon athlete based in Estes Park, Colorado. He has numerous Top 10 finishes at races including The Zion 100, The Kodiak 100, The Palmer Lake 24-Hour Death Race, The Rocky Raccoon 50 (x 2), the Badwater Cape Fear 50 and a win at the Bear Chase 100k in 2016. As a decorated combat veteran with over 20-years in the Infantry and a variety of Army Special Opreations Forces he has been awarded the Purple Heart and Two Bronze Stars.

“As a decorated combat veteran with 24-years of service in the United States Army I know personally the challenges facing those struggling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and mental health disorders. It is so very important that people from all walks of life struggling with mental illness know how and where to reach out to for treatment and support. Overcoming the stigma associated with mental health challenges is the first step on the road to caring for members of our communities who need our love, compassion and understanding. Please join me in raising awareness and resources for those in need.”

More about Joshua’s important work with The Herren Project is here.

 “I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been in the mental health field for twenty years. For a majority of that time I have worked for an employee assistance program working with people from all walks of life struggling with mental health issues, many of whom who were at high risk for suicide. Personally, as an adolescent I struggled with anxiety, depression and was a victim bullying. I was fortunate enough to access mental health services when I was younger and develop tools necessary to overcome these debilitating challenges. My personal mission is to advocate and assist athletes to accessing mental health services, provide counseling and mental skills coaching and to help break down the barriers that the stigma of mental health brings.”  More on Neal’s important work at  www.theresilientmoutainathlete.com .

“I am a licensed clinical social worker and have been in the mental health field for twenty years. For a majority of that time I have worked for an employee assistance program working with people from all walks of life struggling with mental health issues, many of whom who were at high risk for suicide. Personally, as an adolescent I struggled with anxiety, depression and was a victim bullying. I was fortunate enough to access mental health services when I was younger and develop tools necessary to overcome these debilitating challenges. My personal mission is to advocate and assist athletes to accessing mental health services, provide counseling and mental skills coaching and to help break down the barriers that the stigma of mental health brings.”

More on Neal’s important work at www.theresilientmoutainathlete.com.

 JAMIE KILCOYNE  Captain of the #TeamDonateLifeEndure.com Skimo Squad and finisher of Leadman and many other adventures, Jamie is  business owner , athlete, father, grandfather, and outstanding guy. His daily example of consistent effort, positive attitude, and gratitude inspires his friends, employees, and comrades in skimo, running, and cyclocross.

JAMIE KILCOYNE

Captain of the #TeamDonateLifeEndure.com Skimo Squad and finisher of Leadman and many other adventures, Jamie is business owner, athlete, father, grandfather, and outstanding guy. His daily example of consistent effort, positive attitude, and gratitude inspires his friends, employees, and comrades in skimo, running, and cyclocross.

 TRAVIS MACY  Jamie’s teammate on the #TeamDonateLifeEndure.com Skimo Squad, Travis is an accomplished endurance athlete in a range of disciplines. He works as a coach, author and speaker. Travis believes many endurance athletes are wired for higher highs and lower lows; his own experience with depression, while extremely challenging, encourages him to persevere in helping others navigate their own challenges and successes. Trav’s advice for athletes who may be experiencing depression or other mental health challenges:  Be OK with the fact that you’re not perfect. None of us are.  Take a look around: there are others who struggle as well. You’re not alone.  Shrug the stigma of mental health. Open up. Talk.  Seek help. Therapy and medication have been extremely helpful for me.  Dr. Doug Jowdy, Ph.D. , is highly recommended.

TRAVIS MACY

Jamie’s teammate on the #TeamDonateLifeEndure.com Skimo Squad, Travis is an accomplished endurance athlete in a range of disciplines. He works as a coach, author and speaker. Travis believes many endurance athletes are wired for higher highs and lower lows; his own experience with depression, while extremely challenging, encourages him to persevere in helping others navigate their own challenges and successes. Trav’s advice for athletes who may be experiencing depression or other mental health challenges:

Be OK with the fact that you’re not perfect. None of us are.

Take a look around: there are others who struggle as well. You’re not alone.

Shrug the stigma of mental health. Open up. Talk.

Seek help. Therapy and medication have been extremely helpful for me. Dr. Doug Jowdy, Ph.D., is highly recommended.