The arrival of our two climbers to Katmandu was very calm.
After obtaining their visa for Nepal, their friend Samden welcomed them at the
airport and brought them to their hotel, the Yak & Yeti. He presented them
the Nepalese scarf, the Kata, in sign of friendship and welcoming. Arriving
at the hotel, they met the president of Sri Lanka that was on the spot. For
reasons of security, the photos were forbidden. Finally, they slept 14 hours
due to the jet lag.
Today, March 4, our two climbers began their logistics such
as to find the oxygen regulators and their oxygen bottles. Manuel noticed
that all is more expensive than at the time of his first expedition in 2007.
The government increased prices and taxes on most of the products and
services. For example, the cost of the visa to enter the country was $30.00
US in 2007 for 90 days. Now, it is $100.00 US for 90 days.
At the end, here is a message from André and of Manuel:
"We thank all of our sponsors. Without them, this trip would have been
impossible. Thanks to our families who backed and encouraged us. We will be
very careful, we promise you. We equally thank all those who wrote us
messages of encouragement from British Colombia to Montreal. Thanks a lot!
Manuel and André
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The big departure: After a year in preparation, an intensive
search for sponsors, hundreds of e-mails, of calls and a lot of stress, here
at last our climbers in the airplane on road towards Katmandu in Nepal. The
airplane left Montreal at 7:45 pm on Sunday, March 1, towards a first landing
in London, England.
As soon as they land, they will transfer planes to another
stop in Doha. They will set off again towards Katmandu in Nepal where they
will rest for a few days and also for some logistics before the big departure:
the beginning of the ascension of the Everest.
Background: Manuel A. Pizarro was at the top of Mount Everest, May 16,
2007, and now he is returning again!
The Quebec Lung Association is honoured to be the organization
selected by Mssrs. Manuel A. Pizarro and André S. Rossin-Arthiat to be a part
of their ambitious project involving the ascent of Mount Everest.
By doing so, the two climbers wish to honour the memory of
Mr. Rossin-Arthiat’s father-in-law who died at the beginning of last summer,
as a result of two respiratory diseases: emphysema and asbestosis.They also
want to support research into children’s asthma as the number of young asthma
sufferers has tripled in Quebec since 1980.
The Quebec Lung Association, for its part, is a leader and
one of the most respected organizations in terms of scientific information,
research, education, support and advocation dealing with pulmonary health
issues. Furthermore, we now add to our cause any environmental element that is
detrimental to respiratory health, whether it be wood heating, radon,
Ambrosia (ragweed), engines that are left
running while vehicles are parked, etc.…
- Raise money for the Quebec Lung Association, to help
asthmatic children and people with COPD (emphysema and chronic bronchitis).
- Perform medical and pulmonary tests throughout the
ascent. As a result, two books will be written: one on “High-altitude
medicine on Mount Everest”, while the second will have a more spiritual and
philosophical theme. A documentary film will also be produced.
- Give both climbers an opportunity to exceed their
personal limits. By doing so, they will pave the way for young people, by
showing them that they can have faith in their dreams.
Respiratory diseases to
which the money raised will be allocated:
In Canada, 485,700 young people between the ages of 4 and 11
are asthmatics. Do you realize that this represents 15.6% of that age group in
Canada? Meanwhile, according to Canada’s latest census, the number of
asthmatics over the age of 12 is estimated to be over 3,000,000 and their
number just keeps growing!
Since 1980, the number of
asthmatics in Quebec
has tripled . We now have more than
300,000 children and adolescents who
are very anxious when summer approaches, as are their parents for that matter.
For asthmatics, summer
is the season when the combination of smog, pollen, ragweed, wood fires and
humidity often makes breathing or practicing sports more difficult.
Furthermore, each year in Quebec, asthma is responsible for:
760,000 medical visits;
100,000 E.R. visits;
56,000 hospitalization days;
325,000 lost work days;
4,000 ambulance service calls;
and 255 too many deaths!
Quebec’s annual bill amounts to $150 million
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes
emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is constantly on the rise given the number
of baby-boomers who reach a more advanced age, as its symptoms do not
generally appear before the age of 55.
In 2005, 1,531,800 Canadians suffered from COPD. However,
according to research results, as many as 3 million Canadians might have this
disease. Furthermore, it is ranked fourth as a leading cause of death in
Canada. It is estimated that COPD claims one life every hour.
In Quebec, there are
386,000 people diagnosed with COPD, not even including those whose symptoms
have not been detected. Quebec and the Atlantic provinces sadly boast the
highest COPD-related mortality rates. Based on a calculation of COPD health
costs, in 2001 direct annual costs amounted to almost $2,000 per patient.
Recalculated today, COPD would cost us $772 million a year.
COPD evolves slowly over a certain number of years. As the
disease intensifies, greater shortness of breath hampers activity and reduces
quality of life.
Repeated respiratory infections and exposure to second-hand
smoke during childhood lead to diminished respiratory function, which may
cause a predisposition to COPD. What’s more, a genetic deficiency at the lung
tissue level is also linked to a greater risk of COPD.
Causes of death among
asthmatics and people with COPD:
Did you know that
the symptoms exhibited by people with asthma and COPD
or any other lung disease (especially our children and people over the age of
55) are exacerbated by air pollution to the point where they can cause
Did you know that in
2008, the effects of air pollution will claim the
lives of 21,000 Canadians? In 2031, close to 90,000 people will have died of
pollution-related problems, while the number of deaths due to long-term
exposure will have climbed to 710,000.
Did you know that
Quebec and Ontario report the largest proportion of
premature deaths caused by severe air pollution (approximately 70%) and yet
only 62% of Canadians live in Central Canada ?
Did you know that
forecasts claim that the number of premature deaths
associated with chronic exposure to air pollution will increase by 83% between
2008 and 2031 ?
Did you know that
in 2008, the economic cost of air pollution will climb
to 10 billion dollars and may soar up to 300 billion in 2031 ?
Source : Canadian Medical Association
We believe in it…
As you can see, there is a direct link between the ascent of
Mount Everest and the Quebec Lung Association. This link is air, the air that
we breathe, that is a source of life! We are deeply committed to this project,
for we share the same ideals. We believe in it and support Mssrs. Pizarro and
Rossin-Arthiat in their fabulous adventure. We have faith in their ability to
fulfil this dream, one that we all share,
reaching our own peak in the best of worlds !
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