Sunday, June 14, 2009

Special educator summits world's highest peaks

BAYFIELD, Wisconsin — A retired school teacher with multiple sclerosis has now climbed the tallest mountains on each of the seven continents. A dispatch from the expedition company Alpine Ascents International reported that Lori Schneider reached the 29,035-foot high peak of Mount Everest at about 7:30 p.m. Friday Central time. It’s the tallest point in the world. The 52-year-old from northwestern Wisconsin climbed six of the other peaks — including Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount McKinley — after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999. Schneider is reported to be the first woman afflicted with the neurological disease to reach the Everest summit and the first person with MS to complete the Seven Summits.
"If you can teach people with MS or any other disability that sometimes you will have hard days and sometimes days will be OK, you can teach them not to give up hope, to keep trying," she said. Chicago Sun-Times/The Associated Press

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