Mountain Hardwear, Montrail and numerous friends of Rowan Jimenez, an employee of both Mountain Hardwear and Montrail since 2001, held an event on Nov. 1 and have another scheduled on Dec. 7 to raise funds to help cover the uninsured medical costs of Jimenez's recent lung transplant.
In addition to being a rock star and musician, SNEWS® has been told that Jimenez plays an integral role in the warranty department, handling all international warranty claims, orders and other situations that arise for the company.
He was diagnosed in 2003 with scleroderma, an autoimmune condition that began to manifest in his lungs in spring 2007. In 2008, it became clear that a lung transplant would be inevitable. Jimenez underwent the $800,000 procedure in September 2008. After a very successful operation, he is now recovering nicely, we’ve been told. For more of his personal story, visit his blog at www.rowanjimenez.com.
The first fundraiser, dubbed the Full Lung Capacity Benefit Bouldering Comp, held at the Berkeley Iron Works raised over $15,000 for the cause, we have learned. The second event, with the appropriate name of “Rowan Is Rising! Recycle Life Fundraiser” will be held Dec. 7 at Pizzaiolo in Oakland, Calif., from 5-10 p.m. Tickets are $125 at the door or $100 in advance, and the event features an open bar, food, silent auction and music.
For those who cannot attend the benefit but wish to make a donation to Jimenez, an account has been established at the National Transplant Assistance Fund (NTAF) to raise money for his uninsured costs. NTAF provides both tax-deductibility and fiscal accountability to his contributors who can be sure that donations will be used only to pay or reimburse medically related expenses. To learn more about this campaign and how you can help, call NTAF at 800-642-8399 or click here where secure online contributions are accepted.