Boonville Vietnam Veteran Set to Climb Mount Kilimanjaro for Other Vets
Paul Fortin is a 69-year-old Boonville, NY resident who is also a Vietnam Veteran. Paul remains very active and is about to embark on an incredible journey for an amazing cause. On February 9th Paul will journey on a nine-day expedition to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa to support the Sitrin Health Care Center’s Military Rehabilitation Program.
Fortin has never been to Tanzania, let alone Africa. While he has conquered a few high peaks in the United States, including scaling the Grand Canyon from top to bottom in one day with his son Shawn, he has never climbed anything like this before. Attempted by more than 20,000 people each year, the 19,341-foot-tall mountain is no easy trek. It tests both physical and mental endurance, and Fortin has been training for both. Paul is asking friends, family, and people of Central New York to help him raise a bunch of money for Sitrin’s Military Rehabilitation Program, which provides comprehensive care for veterans who have combat-related conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injuries and amputations. For every 1000 feet that Paul climbs he is asking for a $1.00 donation to his team for the Sitrin Stars and Stripes Run-Walk. Donate to Paul's cause and keep updated on his progress on Paul Fortin's page at firstgiving.com. We wish Paul and his team great success and good luck. What an amazing gift from someone who already given so much, service to his country.