Saturday, July 28, 2007

Courage and fortitude overcome loss of sight

On May 25, 2001, Erik Weihenmayer became the only blind man in history to reach the summit of the world's highest peak - Mount Everest.

Though there were questions about the wisdom of mountain climbing for a blind person, Erik never gave up on his dreams despite turning blind at the age of 13.

He believed that he deserved to live his best life. He is a passionate athlete, a former middle school teacher and wrestling coach.

Erik has become an accomplished mountain climber, paraglider, and skier, who has never let his blindness interfere with his passion for an exhilarating and fulfilling life.

Erik is the author of two books and appeared on several TV shows, gaining recognition for his achievements.

Erik's award winning film, Farther Than the Eye Can See, shot in the same stunning quality HDTV format as the 'Star Wars' prequels, was ranked in the top twenty adventure films of all time by Men's Journal.

Erik doesn't see himself as a reckless risk taker, he tries to do what he can possibly do, always trying to push himself to a higher level.

Erik's has become a motivational speaker who inspires people around the world, from Hong Kong to Switzerland, from Thailand to the 2005 APEC Summit in Chile.

He speaks to audiences on harnessing the power of adversity, the importance of teamwork and the daily struggle to pursue your dreams. Clearly, Erik's accomplishments show that one does not have to have perfect eyesight to have extraordinary vision.

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