Helping the Inland Northwest's Most Vulnerable Since 1896

Dr. Lisa Bliss conquers Death Valley to benefit Crosswalk teens

raises $10,000 while breaking world record

What would you do if you knew you could not fail?

That question has been consuming Dr. Lisa Bliss for more than a year. 

To understand her answer you have to know that Lisa has built a career in the science of “ultrasports”—road races that take place over distances that boggle the mind. 

In addition to leading the medical teams for some of the toughest competitions in the world, Lisa has run thousands and thousands of miles in races all across the world. You might not know it to look at her small frame, but Lisa is a powerful mover and shaker.

“I was thinking about this question and I realized that I have no desire to do something at which I knew I couldn’t fail,” says Lisa. “How mundane! I want to risk failure. What’s the worst that could happen? I fail to succeed?”

So as her question morphed into “What would you do if you thought you were very likely to fail but stood the smallest chance that you wouldn’t?” the answer was clear.

On July 25, 2011, Lisa plans to attempt to be the first woman and second person ever to cross Death Valley solo, unsupported and self-contained—meaning she will run alone, without outside help of  any kind, carrying all her food water and supplies in a 230-lb cart custom designed for her by Glen Copus of  Spokane’s Elephant Bikes. 

The journey from the Badwater Basin to the summit of Mt. Whitney will take her from the lowest point in the contiguous U.S. to the highest—an altitude change of more than 14,000 feet. Lisa will cross more than 135   miles of asphalt followed by an 11-mile climb to the summit of the mountain for a total of 146 miles in blistering desert temperatures up to 130 degrees.

Why would Lisa want to do such a thing? To help the homeless youth at Crosswalk.

​“I believe with all my heart and mind and body and soul that there is no failure in trying, for as long as we keep trying.” That’s something she wants to prove to the youth at Crosswalk teen shelter—both by making this attempt and also by attempting to raise $10,000 to fund the GED and college scholarship programs at the shelter.

All the money raised by her endeavor will give homeless youth the opportunity to try to overcome their circumstances through education. The funds will pay for GED fees, textbooks and other related expenses.

Lisa wants to show the youth that when you choose to keep moving toward a glimmer of hope, focusing on any minute possibility of success—rather than focusing on the obstacles in the way—you succeed simply in the trying.


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for helping Lisa reach her goal of raising $10,000 for education programs at Crosswalk teen shelter: Claudia & Brenda • Thomas Allen • Anonymous • Apex Physical Therapy • B&B Physical Therapy, Inc • Rose Bak • Kenneth Bansemer • Martin T. Bavuso • Robert Becker • Lisa Bleed • Lisa Bliss • Linda Boots • G.R. Brown • Liza Carlson • Lauren Case • Antony Chaing • David Combs • Jane Moser Cox • Fredrick Dummar • Sarah Duncan • Elaine Dunn • Teresa Droz • Elite Physical Therapy • Timothy Englund • Jose Garza • Steph & Mel Forsman • Mary Gorski • Arch Harrison • Sharon Harvey • Bret & Gail Henry • Christine Hinrichs • Tom & Rebecca Hirt • Jason Hodde • Karyn Hoffman • David Holmen • James Hoppe, DDS • Paul Horn • Laura Houston • Jamie Huneycut • Ken Jernberg • Stephen Jones • Robert Denise Kimm • Alexis King • Kim King • Kendall Kreft • John LaCroix • Penny Lamb • Larry Hamm & Associates Physical Therapy, P.S. • William Latter • Timothy Lofton • David Lygre • MacGillivray • Sherry Mahoney • Kate Marsh • Dean Martz • April Mayer • Frank McKinney • Patrick McLaughlin • John Medinger • George Miller • Margaret Mortz • Susan Murphy • Brian Myers • Northwest Physical Therapy & Spine Rehabilitation • Chris Owens • Rajeev Patel • Chris Perrault • Cheri Pompeo • Machelle Poole • Frank Purdy • Stephen Reagan • David Remington • Marilee Roloff • Chris Roman • Neel Sandhu • Shelley Scott • Barbara Smit • Robin Smith • Scott Sparks • Georgia Stansell • Patricia Stranc • Tatiana Surazhsky • Tracy Thomas • Kathleen Topp • Katherine Tuttle • Melvin Van Houten • John Vonhof • Kenten Wang • Washington Outpatient Rehabilitation • William Ward • James & Sharman Watson • Lisa Weiss • Danny Westergaard • Michael Whalen • Wolf Chiropractic Clinic • Kristin Zosel