Tonga Ridge Memorial Hike for Debbie's Lungs
Debbie Low was the love of my life and my constant companion for 15 years. She was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis (PF) following rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in early Spring 2010. She was admitted to the lung transplant list at the UWMC in Seattle in mid-August 2012, but only survived to September 17, 2012.
PF runs in her family. Her father died of it in the late 1960s and her older brother died less than 90 days after her following a bilateral lung transplant at the UWMC in Seattle to treat his IPF.
This eulogy read at her memorial service tells the rest of her story. You can also read her obituary.
Debbie loved hiking in the mountains and was heartbroken when her PF prevented her from doing so. In September 2011, a year before she died, I researched hikes that would be easy enough for her to walk and yet be enjoyable. Tonga Ridge was Debbie's last hike.
This is the third anniversary of her death and the third year I have returned to where we last hiked together to raise funds for the PFF.
Tonga Ridge is an easy ridge hike in the Cascades Mountains near Skykomish, WA on the way up to Stevens Pass. Without a lot of work the hiker is rewarded with great views...and huckleberries!
If you are in the Seattle or Everett area please consider joining us. We will meet up on Sunday, September 20, 2015 at the Starbucks in Monroe Plaza on US Route 2.