Former U.S. Army Ranger’s Story Will Encourage Americans to ‘Face their PHears’ for the Pulmonary Hypertension Association (PHA)
Silver Spring, Md. (April 2, 2015) – When he was 10, Carl Hicks fell from a tree and seriously fractured his left wrist. The tumble left him so afraid of heights that he couldn’t stand on a kitchen chair to get a glass from the cupboard.
Nearly a decade later, the U.S. Army Ranger School forced Hicks to face his fear head-on. He recalls scaling a several hundred-foot high granite cliff wall, one of the school’s many harrowing exercises simulating actual combat situations. With his face close to the rock, concealing his uncontrollable tears, Hicks’ sweaty fingertips gripped the slippery stone until he finally reached the overhang.