Thank you for visiting my GoFundMe page today. My name is joevia Golman, and I decided on my birthday to combine my two favorite passions. First, my admiration for travel, and second, my desire to raise awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic, chronic degenerative lung disease that also attacks the pancreas. Sadly, this disease shortens a patient’s life expectancy. It deprives young people of their tomorrows. However, this campaign is about honoring the individuals who struggle to breathe daily and suffer from malabsorption. All donations go directly to The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, whose mission is all about awarding more tomorrows to those diagnosed with this incurable disease.
Unfortunately there are many young adults who have lost their battle with CF. Gratefully, there are so many more patients living with hope for a cure. In honor of this fundraising initiative, I want to share with you a story of hope. Much of my life, I have felt on the outside looking in on my family and friends. I took having good health for granted until I witnessed my sister’s daily struggles never preventing her from accomplishing all of her academic, athletic, and career goals. She really set the bar high for the Golman Gang; in fact, I felt quite handicapped having to compete with my sister. The latter never prevented me from learning the true meaning of perseverance and integrity, because of the example my older sister set. My sister Randell is the most resilient and determined human I have ever been fortunate to come across. She is, and will always be, my greatest role for living life to its fullest. Randell graduated business school at a Big10, competed in tennis and soccer, and even became a producer at WGN WINNING TWO EMMYS! The sun always shines when Randell is around, and for that I am truly grateful.
In honor of my sister and all of those that are affected by CF, I ask that on my birthday that you consider sharing this campaign with your family, peers, colleagues, and social media or supporting this fundraiser. This campaign’s success is defined not by its monetary donation, but by the awareness raised and reinforced-commitment to cure Cystic Fibrosis. In return for your generosity and support, I have decided to match the courage, fearlessness, and will-power of everyone diagnosed with CF by undertaking extreme, perilous, challenges on my journey abroad. I am going to strive to match the strength and courage of everyone battling or caring for a loved-one diagnosed with CF.
My passion for travel drives me to experience life-risking adventures. On my travels, instead of visiting museums or tourist spots, I seek extreme excursions that push the limits. Many of the activities include mountain climbing, cliff jumping, caving, camping/hiking, off-roading, and even wild animal encounters….just to name a few. My journeys have brought me to the brink of death after being lost in the mountains in East Russia, to the desolation that is Chernobyl, to Race Car Driving in Estonia, and Cliff Diving in Slovenia. This trip will be even more risk-bearing in the hopes of raising awareness and contributions The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. I am committed to many Extreme Adventures in the hope of curing CF:
At each 1000$ raised for Cystic Fibrosis I will take on another daring Extreme Adventure.
I Will Compete in a Class A Division Regional Boxing/MMA Tournament in Moscow
Mountain Climbing on 5.11-5.12 Peaks
Bungee Jumping at multiple locations…and some won’t be kosher…let’s just leave it at that
Tight-Rope walk over a canyon OR Free Solo Mountain Climb (Over a Deep Body of Water)
I will engage in a ‘friendly’ ‘controlled’ wrestle with a 400lb live bear in Russia…and then tag Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov
I will hold it to a vote that I will put up on social media…But I promise you…It will be crazy, unique, embarrassing, and well-worth it!
i. Maybe I will run through the Kremlin screaming the “British Are Coming, The British Are Coming!!!”
ii. Maybe I will ask finally take a drink of Champagne after summiting my first/second peak (For those that don’t know me…I don’t drink, not even socially, so it’s a pretty big deal.)
iii. Maybe I will even add a whole NEW list if this fundraiser gains considerable attention
NEW! UPDATED: 1/28 (AFTER PASSING ORIGINAL GOAL)
Paragliding in Bulgaria, Sofia.
I will attend a summit in the State of Palestine, alone, and engage in conversation with the locals.
I will visit Europe's highest village.
"It’s not for the faint-hearted however for the track through the mountains en route to the village is extremely narrow and at times, just a little – gulp – worrisome but the scenery becomes more and more dramatic." (Magnellan-PR, Feb. 2014)
NEW!! UPDATED: 2/10 (AFTER PASSING THIRD GOAL)
I will initiate a sunset hike at 12:15am to Preikestolen in Norway.
I will mountain climb through the Turkish Rivera and end with Rafting through the Koprulu Canyon
I will trek the entire route to the Jvari Monastery
I will go Shark Diving in a cage and feed Great White Sharks
A DARING 3 DAY MOUNTAIN CLIMB
Working out arrangements now...Standby
I will be visiting the following countries throughout my trip in May/June:
United Arab Emirates
State of Palestine
...Home to start Grad School to earn my MBA.
For any single donation totaling $500 USD or more—I will personally connect and see if there is anything else you may like to see me do when abroad. However, even if you are not in a position to donate, It would mean the world to me to if you could help share this page. Together, we can help educate everyone on the mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation by raising awareness.
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