On December 5th, 1999, I stood on the side of a bridge prepared to end my life. It was by the grace of God, and the assistance of six Police Officers, that I am alive today to share my story. I did let go of the side of that bridge and Officer (RET) Ross Contipelli grabbed my hand before I fell to my death. Officer Contipelli almost lost his life saving mine. If it weren't for Officer Brian Sturgill who grabbed Contipelli’s gun belt before he went over with me, it would be a very different story being told today. It took 6 minutes and 21 seconds for Officers Greg Tinnirello, Dave Zemko, Greg Smagola, Chris Cross, John Kurtz and Dave Bailey, to cut the fencing to rescue both Officer Contipelli and I.

Later in an interview Officer Contipelli said, "I could never, on my own, have saved her life without the help of my comrades...Myself and all the other Officers involved were instruments of God. It was not her time to die."

I am standing here today to fulfill one of those purposes. I am climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro on September 11th -22nd, 2016 because I am called to stand on top of that mountain and bring my purpose to fruition.

I am climbing to bring honor to these Officers and bring awareness to the hard work and dedication our police officers give every single day. Their heroic efforts and those of so many of our men and women in blue, need to be shared more than ever now and I want to share it with you.

I am climbing this mountain to bring HOPE back to Cleveland and our people. The Cleveland Hope Center will be launched in 2016. The non-profit Cleveland Hope Center will help those hurting in our very own backyard. It will provide resources like food, job placement, counseling, and outreach to our people and need to see HOPE come alive in their lives again.

I am climbing to bring HOPE to people suffering from addiction, depression, and those that are lost and suicidal. I am climbing to bring HOPE to women in abusive relationships and feel there is no way out. I am climbing for teenagers lost and alone and feel like no one understands. I am climbing for teenage girls lacking self-esteem and HOPE. I am climbing for the addict that is surrounded in darkness and my HOPE is that they will see there is light within reach.

Seventeen years later I will be standing on a mountain, instead of a bridge, and with more breathtaking views than I could have ever imagined back in 1999. Thank you for allowing me to share my story and my purpose. I thank each and every one of you in advance.

Please join me in changing the world!! Help me to dream big and raise $10,000 to send me to Mt. Kilimanjaro to climb Africa's tallest mountain (only $3500 is needed for the trip and the rest of the money is all fundraising money$$$) and help launch the Cleveland Hope Center in 2016. I will be donating my own money every month until takeoff too! The best part in helping me change the world is that I will do all the physical work!!

                      

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All donations are given to Journey Community Church and a tax-deductible statement will be available to you at the end of the year. Contributions are made and received with the understanding that Journey Community Church and its entities have complete discretion and control over the use of all donated funds. They may be used for other participants involved in the climb, The Cleveland Hope Center, Journey Missions, or Church Planting. No refunds will be issued to participants or donors, even if the climber does not complete the climb. If you have questions or concerns please contact us via email at: info@journeypeople.com

Sylvan Goldberg
To help propel the cause!
$100.00
Angela Myers
So proud of you for having the courage to speak out and share your story so openly. To also have the desire and dedication to turn it into the fuel needed to help others- amazing!
$50.00
The McCourt Family
Truly an inspiration. Sorry for the delayed effect!
Anonymous
The Starek family LOVES and BELIEVES in Danielle Leonard! Danielle, you are a breath of fresh air - one who breathes the very breath of the Holy Spirit wherever you go. You are a WARRIOR. Keep pressing on! We believe in you, and in the city of Cleveland, and in this amazing vision. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 Cor.
Kevin malecki $90.00
Krista G.
Love you D! I'll be thinking of you!
$100.00
Barnes Foundation $1,000.00
Felicia and Doug
You (and your Go-Girl) are an inspiration. We're so proud of you and can't wait to hear your stories. Have the time of your life!
Suppes Family
Danielle, We are so honored to help in a little way to support your climb and obedience to help raise support for the Cleveland Hope Center! May you exceed your goal all to the glory and honor of Jesus! We are praying for you and the team and for your family back home during your trip. May God bless you richly as you climb to honor him and spread hope in his name in Cleveland and beyond!
$100.00
Lori Combs
Love you, inspired so much by you, understand the battle all to much of our past but embrace our victory in Jesus with you, praying ever so much for you and your family. Xx
$60.00
Christina + family $30.00
River Dog Cafe
Way to go Danielle! We are cheering you all the way up!
$160.00
Anonymous
pasta drive/final tshirt weekend
$202.30
tshirt sales
sales up to 8/30
$143.93
Boysza
Hey lady! Go kick some ass!
$10.00
Abbey Lennon
Get 'er done! So proud of you and can't wait to hear about it when you're back safe and sound❤️
$50.00
Uncle Don and Aunt Jenny $100.00
Jane Schade
From Anna's beloved Ms. Jane
$50.00
The Riemer family
Danielle, Best of luck on your journey!! We love you!!
$50.00
Megan Manning
Thank you for sharing your inspiring story and helping people who need it most! Best of luck on your courageous journey.
$50.00
Anonymous
tshirt sales 8/23-8/25
$217.76
Anonymous
River Dog Fundraiser tshirt sales
$171.18
Anonymous
Kili Fundraiser Dinner
$338.04
Anonymous
team tshirt sales 8/16-8/23
$119.34
Anonymous
tshirt sales 8/16-8/23
$404.26
Anonymous
Spin Fundraiser w/h tshirt sales
$241.21
Anonymous
tshirt sales 8/8-8/16
$30.94
Danielle Leonard
team sales as of 8/9-8/16
$59.14
Meghan Raogzzino
Sorry we are so late!
$50.00
Anonymous
Spin Fundraiser!!!
$869.00
Jon Ginter
Spin Fundraiser
$50.00
Lindsey & Adam Howell
Spin Fundraiser
$40.00
Stephanie Haggerty
Spin Fundraiser
$10.00
Kristin DuPrey
Spin Fundraiser
$15.00
Mary Lavelle
Spin Fundraiser
$15.00
Lauren Peacock
Spin Fundraiser
$10.00
Jennifer Varhola
Spin Fundraiser
$40.00
Melissa Miller
Spin Fundraiser
$30.00
Carr family $100.00
Meagan and Brian
You go girl! Your courage and drive is inspiring!
Jurell Sison
Praying for you Danielle!!
$20.00
Jackie Cain
Have fun Danielle. Be safe! Xoxo
$50.00
Danielle Leonard
team tshirt sales as of 8/8
$126.53
Danielle Leonard
tshirt sales as of 8/8
$487.62
Katie OConnell
You rock!! Make Helen and Billy B proud!
Jerry Garcia
Xoxo
$100.00
Holly and Gabriel
You are an inspiration to so many, and I wish you the best!
Tom & Jeannie Heilig
Good Luck and have a fabulous time. I wish it could be more so I hope it helps. Talk about a Bucket List!!
$50.00
Anonymous
Mary C Molnar
Thank you for everything.
Erin Eitel
Best luck to you!
Nicole Zingale
Danielle, You have a primary purpose today. To be of maximum service to others by sharing your experience, strength, and hope. You have continued to share that strength with others in hopes to spread joy and light into the hearts of others that have needed it most. I am, and continue to be, one of your biggest supporters. Life will take on new meaning. To watch people recover, to see them help o
$50.00
Matt V $100.00
Betsy and Gary Weimer
Betsy and I are deeply moved by your story of courage and renewal. We wish the best in all of your continuing efforts to reach out to others in need. May you have a successful and fulfilling climb. Best wishes and prayers to all!
$50.00
Uncle Bob and Aunt Jean
Good Luck! You have come a long way, we love you always.
$50.00
Suzanne Rea
Keep kickin butt!
$50.00
Linda Zimmerer
Climb that Mountain!!
$100.00
Thank You Aurora Firemen
A special thank you to Aurora Ohio Firemen Grecol, Anders & DeCarlo for services rendered 5.2.2016
$75.00
Thank You Aurora Police Officers
Special thank you to Aurora Ohio Police Officers Chase & DiCiccio.
$50.00
Carrie and Jerry Rocco
Your story is so very inspiring and I have so much respect for you and all you have endured! Your a strong woman and will do amazing on your climb!!
$50.00
Larry - Color Nation
Thank you, Larry, for donating your tip to my cause!! I loved your advice and wisdom. I am reaching for the top of that mountain! ~Danielle
Leonard Chiropractic
watch out for all the spiders!
$136.00
Anonymous
Shirley Heilig
Sorry it isn't more - good luck and let me know when you are leaving!!
$25.00
Suzana Leonard
I am proud of you!!
$100.00
Amy Achberger
Amazing Danielle, truly always inspire me. God bless you during this climb to keep on fighting. xoxo
$50.00
Leonard Chiropractic
climb that mountain!
$290.00
John & Sue Michailuk
Fundraiser Night! We believe in you!
$100.00
Joe Morganti
Danielle, Addiction, depression, abuse and suicide affect so many families. Really great to see someone get past the dark times and help others. Your father is an old friend of mine from South Buffalo. Glad to help a worthy cause. Stay strong and stay warm.
$100.00
Dave Kozak
Thank you for sharing your personal story. Regardless of overall results, if but one person is reached it will all have been worth it.
$100.00
Julie Cramer
It makes my heart glad to see you embarking on this amazing journey! Best wishes for your training, fundraising, and preparation!
Jim Cermak
Prayers for success for you!!
$25.00
Jana & Trey Alexander (and Rowan & Amelia)
We are beyond proud of you! I cannot imagine our lives in Cleveland without you and your wonderful family, and I cannot imagine our lives without you now. You have overcome a lot in life and I know you will continue to inspire many more people. Best of luck on your journey!
$200.00
Bridget "Sue" Blue
This is for your trip which you so deserve. Take Photos!!
$25.00
Charles P Stockwell
Good luck and train hard.
$50.00
Anonymous
Your life is inspiring and beautiful. Go get it!
$100.00
Colleen, Ricky and Dylan
You know, there are closer mountains. ;-P
$100.00
Richard and Eileen Jones
Danielle is, our youngest daughter, she belongs to the Second Chance with Life Club. She is on a quest to pay back her God; several police officers, one in particular that saved her life; and her family members who feared for her safety during a very troubling time in her life. When she was 21 years young fighting drug addiction, depression and after becoming a mother in a bad marriage she attempt
$1,000.00
Jeff Carloni at RBC Wealth Management
Your Dad sent us your message. God Bless you Danielle and best wishes on your climb.
$100.00
John & Barb
What an uplifting story. So glad you're attempt to end it was unsuccessful. Now, having come from the very bottom, you can rise to the summit, and, hopefully inspire others who share your experience.
Susan Edwards
Have a safe climb.
$100.00
Jeff & Krysia $250.00
Stephen LaBonte $20.00
Anonymous
With love!
$200.00
Sue P
Good Luck!!
$50.00
Molly & Barry/Game night $60.00
Dick and Nancy Slate
Your Parent's Neighbors - Good Luck!
$100.00
Laurie Brassard
So very proud of you my friend:)
$25.00
Joe & Dena Steuer
I am very proud of you! Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others. Go Danielle!!!
$25.00
Kit Ginley $25.00
Uncle Bill & Aunt Terri
Dear Dani, Your courage to share your story is remarkable. The honor you are giving to the men in blue on your climb is commendable. Your gift back to the community shows your compassion. Be safe, be well, good luck! We love you!
$100.00
Lydia Baynes Graham
Proud of you, Danielle! Onward and upward xoxo
$50.00
Lori Riker $25.00
Tracy Geagan
Amazing story, Danielle! Looking forward to following your journey.
$50.00
Jennifer Fontana
All of my love and support always my friend!!
$50.00
Kaser
I believe in you! XO
Dyana
Brittany Woodruff
Really inspiring Danielle. I wish you the best on your journey to the top of the mountain and will definitely look into The Hope Center as it gets underway. Regardless of faith, at some time in all our lives we need to be told it's going to be okay and that we deserve to feel genuine happiness. I smile knowing you found yours and that you're helping others in our City of CLE to do the same. Awesom
$100.00
Jessica Kollman $50.00
The Konetsky Family
We are so proud of you! You are amazing!!
$25.00
Anonymous $50.00

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