Lifelong mountain sport athletes, their love for each other & sense of adventure takes them on expeditions all over the world raising money & awareness for charity & fighting heart disease which took Michael’s father when he was young. Climbing rock & ice & sending first ascents in Alaska & Bolivia, setting Guinness Book World Records on the Luge sled & ski boarding first descents in remote mountainous areas along with river running & SCUBA diving. They lead a team of explorers from the New England area called Team Expedition Outreach & use the media coverage they get to raise money for charity. Recently Michael had massive heart failure due an ‘assault’ on the job as a Massachusetts State Trooper. Michael was devastated with an ejection fraction of 15, a measurement of how much oxygen leaves the heart in his blood, he was told that he had roughly five years to live and couldn't climb to altitude or SCUBA dive to depth again. Serenity who is training for her first Ironman began training him like a triathlete. Less than 2 years later Michael’s ejection fraction is 45, nearly normal, something that his cardiologist thought was highly unlikely to happen. “When I was told that I only had roughly 5 years left, Serenity & I immediately planned the next 4 expeditions we were going on. We call these our Wild Heart Expeditions which begin in Iceland in 2013 then onto Costa Rica, New Zealand & Finally Africa” & include a weather balloon mission to send the first stuffed Cheetah into outer space, to raise awareness of the endangered Cheetah. Expeditions take a tremendous amount of time & effort to make them look easy, planning takes up to a year and packing the right equipment is critical. When climbing on expedition there is little room for error. That is why they seek out the finest equipment available. Check out Expedition Outreach at www.expeditionoutreach.org or follow them on Facebook, https://www.facebook.com/ExpeditionOutreach Michael reminds us to remember that when faced with adversity, a ‘life’ challenge or just a tough day at work, all you need are three things to succeed, Courage, Focus & a ‘Passionate’ Wild Heart!
Michael & Serenity Coyne
Posted by John Sullivan | in winter athletes | March 03, 2015