Monday, July 27, 2009

Blind mountian climbers

I thought some of you would find the following story interesting. It's from the Arizona Republic.

Kilimanjaro hikers show that visually impaired are independent

by Eddi Trevizo - Jul. 27, 2009 09:05 AM
The Arizona Republic
Cindy Wilhelmi and Adam Messler reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro in late June, trumping a lifetime of disability.


Wilhelmi, 49, a Glendale resident, and Messler, 29, both legally blind, observed what they could of the famed Tanzanian mountain's scenery from an elevation of 19,340 feet, amidst a flurry of flashing cameras, tears and hugs.

The two were among a group of eight blind
climbers
, along with 17 sighted guides, who hoped to raise funds and awareness for the Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix. The group raised over $200,000 through fundraisers to benefit the foundation's infant care program, which provides teaching skills and assistance to families raising visually impaired infants.
To read the full story go to: http://www.azcentral.com/community/westvalley/articles/2009/07/27/20090727gl-nwvkiliexpedition0725.html

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