Join us on Radio Row as Sports Philanthropy Network’s Roy Kessel and Kayla Bradham sit down with NFL Alumni Mark Pattison, as he shares his advice and wisdom for all athletes, as well as his experience climbing all Seven Summits and his partnership with Higher Ground.
Mark Pattison meets with Kayla and Roy to talk about his inspiring work with Higher Ground and NFL films. Mark has climbed all Seven Summits after completing a climb up Mt. Everest to help raise money for epilepsy awareness. He has partnered with Higher Ground which is an organization that uses recreation and therapy to help people with disabilities experience outdoor activities and adventures. NFL Films is planning to premiere their documentary about Mark and his experience climbing Mt. Everest. Mark has accomplished so much including raising over $55,000 for through Higher Ground. He states that the most important motive behind creating awareness for a cause is to have a purpose behind it, and his purpose behind his climb was to “get himself back up and back down in one piece and to help his daughter”.
Higher Ground uses recreation, therapy, and continued support to give people of all abilities a better life. Through adventure & support, Higher Ground’s goal is to help build awareness of the therapeutic advances being made for those living with epilepsy, seizure disorders, and traumatic brain injuries. Higher Ground employs Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialists to ensure the safety and well-being of every participant no matter what challenges they face.
Mark Pattison decided to participate in Higher Ground in 2020 as he stated the “stand for everything he has built his life for”.
When describing his journey, Mark states “where the roads crossed is when I had a fundraising event in Sun Valley, Idaho January 3rd, 2020 which was called Emilia’s Everest. The goal was to raise $29,029 which we accomplished to help bring awareness around my daughter’s Epilepsy. The amount was tied to the height of Mt Everest which I was supposed to be on this Spring (2020) but the world shut down. This became an opportunity to partner with Higher Ground and recreate a new challenge in 2021 called Emilia’s Everest: The Lhotse Challenge. We are now going to raise an additional $27,940 which is the height of Lhotse which is the 4th highest mountain in the world and attempted within 24 hours of summiting Everest.”