Climbing Mt. Rainier Sept 1, 2011 to “Empowering Survivors of Domestic Violence & Abuse…One Step At A Time.
Kathleen is climbing Mt. Rainier to empower survivors of Domestic Violence and Abuse. She is a survivor of severe domestic violence that nearly took her life. Her dream is to show the world, if she can make a new life, so can you, one step at a time. She knows how hard it is to rebuild a life. It takes a lot of courage to start over, learn how to live again and grow through the pain. This climb is of a symbol of that growth.
Her passion started with her book, “Escaping The Glass Cage: A Story of Survival & Empowerment from Domestic Violence”. Then she launched “Project Empowerment” on Blog Talk Radio to help bring to her listeners attention people, stories and organizations that are working hard to be a positive change in our world.
In January of this year, she launched Climb for Empowerment. There are many organizations who climb Mt. Rainier for various causes, but Kathleen saw none dedicated to survivors of Domestic Violence. Since the launch, Climb for Empowerment has been featured on the National Domestic Violence Hotline website under their Survivor Blog Series titled “From Survivor to Mountaineer”. Filming will also begin in August with Seattle Children’s Hospital as they will be featuring her in their “I Am Seattle Children’s” video blog series covering her work in their ED as well as her own children’s care (they have Type 1 Diabetes), radio show and climb.
Who is she climbing for?
Girl Child Network Worldwide and The Pixel Project. Both non-profits are working hard to help end violence against women by bringing education and empowerment into the forefront. They provide tools, resources and help for those in need. Kathleen’s hope is to raise awareness and funds for both foundations. Donations can make a huge difference in a girls life by helping her get school supplies, feminine napkins, schooling and empowerment to help her build a new life.
If you have any questions for Kathleen, please contact her on her mobile at 206-856-4145 or her direct email at KM_Schmidt@comcast.net