Pushing hard for the Giro Bello Classic

Go back to the mountain, Mt. Everest, back in 2004, and read how Steven Cozza reacted when he knew he was freezing to death. Read what he told his father, Scott, and it'll become quite apparent why he is pushing his Giro Bello Classic in June so hard.

Life, after all, can be that summer wind. It can disappear so quickly.

In 2004 Cozza was 20 and hiked with his father to Everest's base camp, the Petaluma pair raising funds for Robert Knight, 16, a freshman at Petaluma High School battling cancer.

The Cozzas had made base camp at 18,500 feet. They dallied a bit, Scott said, actually dallied too much. They started their descent, just the two of them. They got lost. Their flashlights ran out of battery life. A snowstorm was blowing. The temperature was around 20 below. Scott crawled under a rock but not for long.

"Dad, I am freezing to death," Steven said. "If I'm going to die. I'd rather die trying to get out of here then die under a rock." Steven, the well-decorated Eagle scout, then started to cry.

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