Wendy[1] - The Guardians Team Mentor: MS Mountain Climber...

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The Guardians Team Mentor: MS Mountain Climber and Motivational Speaker Wendy Booker
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Wendy Booker
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“I thought ‘I’m gonna be in a wheelchair, I’m going to die’”
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“I had never done anything outrageous in my life, I was a soccer mom”
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“I figured if I was going to end up in a wheelchair, I might as well go out with a bang”
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“ I was diagnosed in 1998, I ran my first marathon in 2000”
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“Afterwards, I was asked if I was interested in climbing Denali…” “I figured I just ran a marathon, how hard could a mountain named Denali be?!”
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“I found out Denali was actually Mt. McKinley…” “I’m a lot smarter now!”
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“I realized it would be a huge challenge, and a life-changing experience. But I was curious to see if I had what it took”
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“In June of 2004, I was the first woman with MS to summit Denali”
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“It was one of those moments where there was nowhere else I’d rather be” “That’s when I decided that I wanted to do more than one mountain -- I wanted to climb each of the seven summits”
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Summit #1 June 2004 : Mt. McKinley (North America) 20,320'
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Summit #2 June 2005 : Mt. Kilimanjaro (Africa) 19,340'
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Summit #3 July 2006 : Mt. Elbrus (Europe) 18,481'
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Summit #4 January 2007 : Mt. Aconcagua (South America) 22, 834'
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Summit #5 January 2008 : Mt. Vinson Massif (Antarctica) 16, 067'
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Baruntse right now in Nepal
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This essay was uploaded on 03/18/2009 for the course MGMT 3030 taught by Professor Heinzeroth, during the Spring '08 term at Colorado.

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