Pete Jackson is a 75-year-old man with a mission:  Raise money for two causes close to his family’s heart – Raynaud’s and heart disease.  These are medical issues impacting his two children and he’s not the type to just stand back and watch them suffer.

Man With a MissionPete is determined to raise funds for charities serving these two causes, one of which is the Raynaud’s Association.  Being someone experienced in extreme challenges, Pete’s plan is to solicit support for his trek up Mount Kilimanjaro in September 2024, one month after his 76th birthday.  Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest free-standing mountain in the world at 19,340 feet, and in preparation for his big event, Pete is already deep into his training regimen which sounds challenging enough to make a young man breathless, let alone a senior citizen.  But Pete isn’t your typical senior, having raised thousands for local charities over the past 12 years through challenging walks and climbing events.

We’re thrilled that Pete is so enthusiastic about helping to raise awareness of Raynaud’s and asked him for more background about his son Russell’s condition and how it’s affected his life.

Son Russell’s Raynaud’s

Pete Jackson’s 48-year-old son Russell was first diagnosed with Raynaud’s disease three years ago. This condition causes poor circulation in his hands, feet, and limbs, leading to joint pain, especially in cold environments. His symptoms progress from red to blue to purple, indicating the seve