January 30, 2012
Kyle Maynard Crawls up Mt. Kilimanjaro
Kyle Maynard, the congential quadruple amputee has climbed to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro! Well, actually he crawled to the top. Remember, no arms or legs… An article was published in yesterdays' local paper. (Gwinnett Daily Post Sunday January 29, 2012 1C and 4C.) It's an amazing feat for a fully-functional person, not to mention how hard it would be for an amputee. Kyle wore carbon-fiber 'sockets' around his limbs like little shoes to give him traction in his climb. He said, "I would look up the mountain, I'd look up at the summit and it didn't seem like it was getting any closer. That was really just a huge mental challenge. I had to kind of remind myself that it was literally going to happen one step at a time. Don't be so caught up on the horizon. Just keep moving." Kyle is the first amputee to climb Kilimanjaro without use of prosthesis and, as Kyle joked, probably the first man period to be dumb enough to crawl to the top. I'm so glad he achieved this big goal! He shows all of us that we can do hard things.