Student raises $85G for coronavirus relief by climbing Colorado's 58 14,000-foot mountains
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A graduate student faced with travel restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic climbed all 58 peaks of Colorado’s 14,000-foot mountains to raise more than $85,000 for an emergency coronavirus relief fund.
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Brittney Woodrum, a 27-year-old student working toward her master’s degree in humanitarian assistance at the University of Denver, had to put her globetrotting plans on hold during the pandemic but decided to set out on a more local adventure to benefit the charity.
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Woodrum partnered with ShelterBox, an international disaster relief charity that provides emergency shelter and aid to families around the world who lost their homes to disaster or conflict.
She committed to climbing Colorado’s 58 “Fourteeners,” considered one of the most challenging mountain ranges in North America, made up of peaks towering 14,000-feet or higher.
It took her from July 10 until Sept. 26 to complete her trek. Collecting money from friends, family, and sponsors around the world, Woodrum said she raised more than $85,000 for ShelterBox’s COVID-19 emergency relief fund. She photographed herself on top of the peaks with the charity’s signature turquoise box, which carried the shelter and aid supplies distributed to those in need.
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