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Therm-a-rest Blog Post

Therm-a-rest Blog Post

I have used Therm-a-rest ground pads on every climb in my Seven Summits journey and they have been amazing. I haven't had to repair a single hole and the light-weight design is ideal for the mountains. With that being said, I was extremely excited that Therm-a-rest was willing to share my story on their blog and social media streams! Thanks Therm-a-rest and check out the post here!

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MountainSmith Blog

MountainSmith Blog

MountainSmith is an awesome company that started in Golden, Colorado in 1979. They make some of the best backpacks in the industry as well as tents, trekking poles, camera bags, and portable coolers! MountainSmith was also one of the only companies to help me with gear for my Everest climb and has since go on to invite me to be an ambassador for their brand as well as provide some packs for our Backpacks and Bleeders program! Please chek out their website if you're interested in some great gear!

MountainSmith invited me to write a blog post for their site to share a little more about my experiences on Everest! To read the article click here!

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Purpose to Play

Purpose to Play

P2P and I got caught on what life is like after Mount Everest, what I'm up to now, and what's on the horizon. Spoiler alert ... it's another mountain! We touch on what it was like to infuse at 20,000 feet: "On Adventures of a Hemophiliac, Bombardier said, 'It was a rest day and I just wanted to chill like everyone else, but as I looked at our climb we were headed to the next morning, I knew I had to do it. The infusion wasn’t the smoothest, the vein rolled and I initially missed, but then I recovered. I felt incredibly proud of this infusion and I realize how lucky I am to be able to choose this adventure and journey, and have the access to the treatment I need to let me chase this dream.'"

Check out the full article here.

Purpose 2 Play is THE place to go if you want the positive and inspiring stories in sports. They cover athletes, coaches and fans at all levels of play, and portray what they're doing to make the world a little brighter. So dive in, go below the surface hype, and discover some extraordinary heroes. These are the sports stories that deserve to be told.

European Medical Journal

European Medical Journal

Thank you Martha Hopewell, Marelle Hart and David Kyne for helping to put this article together in the European Medical Journal, to highlight my Everest climb and more importantly Save One Life, Inc. Click here for the article.

Bombardier Blood!

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Bombardier Blood!

While I was starting my trek to Everest Basecamp Patrick James Lynch, my good friend and the director of our documentary, headed to the Hemophilia Federation of America's Annual Meeting. We just spent the week before running around Kathmandu having so many powerful experiences it could fill a lifetime. I headed out on the biggest endeavor of my lifetime and Patrick had about 5 days to work with the Believe team to edit this video together before he presented at a huge annual meeting. I can't imagine how stressful that was!

This was this first time the title Bombardier Blood would be announced to the public and honestly I was nervous about it and pretty happy I was distracted elsewhere. I was initially a little hesitant about the title, I didn't really want my name in the title. It seemed a little egotistical and made the documentary about me and not completely about the story. I told Patrick my concerns and then he explained his reasons for picking the title. Of course the blood references makes sense with the hemophilia but he really sold me when he reminded me that my uncle said it the first day of filming.

We were sitting on a wooden fence with Red Rocks in the background. It was a sunny day and I loved that we got to share this moment together. Uncle Dave is one of the main reasons I got into climbing and he always encouraged me to chase these dreams. After hearing that reason I was sold.

We were about a week into the trek when HFA started. I wanted to hear Patrick's talk about our incredible experience and see the reaction to the clip I hadn't seen yet. I was excited to finally watch it but.....we were on the trek to Everest and although we had some internet, downloading any video was out of the question. I saw the traction on facebook and everyone seemed to enjoy it which made me happy but I was looking forward to watching it.

It wasn't able to do that until I had summited the mountain and returned home. I almost forgot about it honestly until Jess brought it up. I was so nervous to watch it. I don't particularly like watching myself in videos, it feels so strange but I wanted to see Patricks work. I was blown away. The shots they were able to put together and the emotion the captured was powerful. I'm so glad we were able to partner together and I can't wait to see the entire film!

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Rare Disease Report

Rare Disease Report

"During the whole trek, Chris asked the hemophilia community and others to show their support by sponsoring a child or donating to his Nepal fund at Save One Life. Nearly 80 sponsorship pledges were made—a record number—and Chris’s original fundraising amount, $8,848 (the altitude of Everest in meters) was surpassed by 150%. The $13,000 raised will be used to support reconstruction of homes and income generating activities for the members of the Nepal Hemophilia Society."

Guest post by Martha Hopewell Published Online: Friday, Jun 30, 2017

Guest post by Martha Hopewell
Published Online: Friday, Jun 30, 2017

Rare Disease Report is a website and weekly e-newsletter that offers an independent voice for the Rare Disease Community. It strives to bring together medical, scientific, investment, regulatory, and advocate professionals interested in rare diseases and orphan drugs. It is an honor to be featured in their publication, and to continue to advocate for our bleeding disorders community. Check out the article here.

303 Magazine

303 Magazine

“Ten years ago, it would have been physically impossible for someone with hemophilia to attempt one of our 14ers here in Colorado, let alone the highest peaks on the seven continents.”
- Amy Board, executive director of the Colorado Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation.
 

AUTHOR:HOLLY GRAHAM PUBLISHED:06/21/17

AUTHOR:HOLLY GRAHAM
PUBLISHED:06/21/17

303 Magazine wrote a magnificent article about my adventure to Mount Everest and the importance behind advocating for outdoor excursions. Check out the article here and let me know what you think.

Colorado HTC Newsletter

Colorado HTC Newsletter

Growing up, my local HTC was like a second home for me. I visited frequently, and the nurses and PT's were family. They came to my baseball games, and were even in attendance at my wedding! So to say that I am humbled and honored to be featured in their newsletter would be an understatement. While I enjoy climbing and the thrill of the adventure, it is giving back to my community that truly gives me happiness. Thank you for the spotlight, and I will continue to make you proud!
Check out the newsletter here.

June 2017 The Clotting Connection Volume 7, Issue 6

June 2017 The Clotting Connection Volume 7, Issue 6

CLIMBTALK Radio 1190

CLIMBTALK Radio 1190

CLIMBTALK Radio 1190 KVCU Boulder is a local radio program that discusses current news, core issues, and controversies in the climbing world. This was my first time on the radio and it was thrilling! Check out the YouTube videos to get a peek at the show! Below is PART 1 of 4, so be sure to check out all four segments!

9News Segment

9News Segment

MAN WITH SEVERE HEMOPHILIA TALKS ABOUT CLIMBING MOUNT EVEREST

Chris Bombardier joins the list of Coloradans who have climbed Mount Everest, with a caveat that makes it all the more impressive: he has severe hemophilia.

Author:Sarah Anderson Published:06/12/17

Author:Sarah Anderson
Published:06/12/17

My local news station here in Denver gave an incredible shout out to my climb and fundraising efforts while I was in Nepal. I feel so honored to be able to share my story, and the stories of my fellow bleeders, with the local community at large. Advocacy and education is at the root of everything I believe in and accomplish.

Purpose to Play

Purpose to Play

"For every child who has been told no due to their bleeding disorder.
For every patient wondering when his next dose of life-saving clotting factor will be.
For every family who has plans derailed by hemophilia.
For every parent who goes to bed in agony not understanding how to treat their child’s disorder.
For every hemophiliac athlete who waits in quiet hesitation out of fear of injury.
For all of us overcoming the impossible.

This mountain is for you."

-Chris Bombardier on summiting Mount Everest

Thanks P2P for sharing my message!

Purpose 2 Play is THE place to go if you want the positive and inspiring stories in sports. They cover athletes, coaches and fans at all levels of play, and portray what they're doing to make the world a little brighter. So dive in, go below the surface hype, and discover some extraordinary heroes. These are the sports stories that deserve to be told.

1011 News Segment

1011 News Segment

"A Doane University graduate can now say he is the first person with Hemophilia to ever climb Mount Everest. But he wasn't just hiking for himself."

As a Doane College alumni, I am honored that my story was shared with the Nebraska community.

By Carly Jensen |  Posted: Fri 10:28 PM, Jun 02, 2017  |  Updated: Fri 10:31 PM, Jun 02, 2017

By Carly Jensen |  Posted: Fri 10:28 PM, Jun 02, 2017  |  Updated: Fri 10:31 PM, Jun 02, 2017

Denver Post

Denver Post

Thank you Denver Post for this awesome write up, and special thanks to my friend Jeff Bailey for describing my adventure so well. It was really cool to see my story printed in the sports section ... and just below a story about the Rockies!

By JEFF BAILEY | jbailey@denverpost.com | The Denver Post PUBLISHED: June 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm | UPDATED: June 24, 2017 at 9:39 pm

By JEFF BAILEY | jbailey@denverpost.com | The Denver Post
PUBLISHED: June 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm | UPDATED: June 24, 2017 at 9:39 pm

BloodStream Podcast

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BloodStream Podcast

On my way back to Colorado from Alaska Hemophilia Camp I had a quick stop over in St. Louis. And by quick I mean about 10 hours total! My friend Patrick James Lynch had invited my to take part in Powering Through, which is a nationwide live speaker series for and about the bleeding disorders community. The event went great and I had a blast sharing my story which you can watch below.

After the event Patrick had asked me if I wanted to be interviewed for his podcast. Having recently become a podcast addict I thought it would be great to take part. We had a great conversation and despite a lack of sleep I think it went great! You can watch the podcast by clicking the photo below or clicking here!

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Hemophilia Federation Annual Symposium

Hemophilia Federation Annual Symposium

This last weekend I was fortunate enough to be invited to speak at the Hemophilia Federation of America's Symposium. Not only was this my first time to the meeting but my first time speaking in front of several hundred people! 

To be honest, public speaking is really nerve racking for me. It's gotten better over the past few years as I have been able to share my story more and more but in the minutes before I go on stage I still feel like I'm going to lose it.

This time was no different except for what happened on stage. I calmed down quickly and really felt the support in the room. It's probably partly because I'm getting more accustomed to it but also because the room is full of my family, the bleeding disorders family.  There is something indescribably special about.

During my talk I ask people to think about their goals and dreams, "What's your Everest?" I asked. Then everyone was told to write their goals on a piece of paper to remind them to take steps towards that goal. The next day a man came to me with his piece of paper, he wanted me to sign his goal. What I said connected with him and he wants to reach for his goal. It felt incredible and I hope that I inspired some others to do the same.

If you happened to be at my talk, thank you so so much for coming out and listening. I also want to thanks to everyone who took a minute to stop by that night or throughout the rest of the weekend to introduce themselves to me. It was great meeting so many new people and hearing all your stories!

What I truly love the most is connecting with friends I haven't seen in awhile, laughing, and being inspired all over again! HFA's theme was "Together We Are Resilient" and that was a repeating theme throughout the weekend. We all have a unique story but together we can overcome anything! Can't wait to go to my second HFA next year in Providence, Rhode Island! 

Purpose to Play

Purpose to Play

"'That’s where a lot of my passion for non-profit work I do comes from. It’s just to help in any way I can to improve the care [the young boys] receive, which right now is nothing,' Bombardier said."

Purpose 2 Play covers my international volunteer work, how I got started in mountaineering, and my most recent summit, Carstensz Pyramid! Check out the article here.

Purpose 2 Play is THE place to go if you want the positive and inspiring stories in sports. They cover athletes, coaches and fans at all levels of play, and portray what they're doing to make the world a little brighter. So dive in, go below the surface hype, and discover some extraordinary heroes. These are the sports stories that deserve to be told.

New Website, New Concept, Same Me!

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New Website, New Concept, Same Me!

Hey all, with the help of my good friend Justin Levesque we have revamped my Adventures of a Hemophiliac site! This site has some fresh and fun changes but the biggest one being the addition of my #playitsmart campaign! Over the years, my climbs have grown into something big. They have become a way to generate awareness for the bleeding disorder community, so I'm taking it a step further! 

#playitsmart is a campaign I initiated to help change how those with chronic conditions set and achieve goals! To learn more, please visit my #playitsmart blog page.

“WHATEVER YOUR EXCUSE IS, IT'S TIME TO STOP BELIEVING IT!”

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Zeal Optics

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Zeal Optics

Zeal Optics is a Denver based eyewear company. Their products are amazing, made from plant based material (even the lenses!) they are good for the environment, stylish and comfortable. I was so honored they asked to share my story on their blog! Check it out here!

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William Hathaway Visionary of the Year Award

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William Hathaway Visionary of the Year Award

I was honored to receive this award from the Colorado Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation for my work in developing our program Backpacks and Bleeders. This award is named after a legend in our Colorado community Dr. William Hathaway. Not only did he establish a wonderful treatment center and hemophilia camp, he also trained many of the most respected hemotologists in the country.

To make this even more special for me, I was able to work with Dr. Hathaway for several years. He was an incredible mentor and inspiration and to receive this award means the world to me!

 

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Doane College Young Alumnus Award

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Doane College Young Alumnus Award

My time at Doane College had an immense impact on my life. To receive the Young Alumni Award from Doane was a great honor. The award goes to alumni who are under the age of 35 and demonstrate lasting commitment to the highest ideals and models of excellence exemplified by Doane College.

My Quest for the Seven Summits and my volunteer work within the global hemophilia community uphold these ideals and I credit Doane College for shaping me into a person that strives to make a difference!


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