First U.S. Teen With Down Syndrome Reaches Mt. Everest Base Camp
A courageous young man from Oregon made history with the first recorded account of an American teenager with Down syndrome to reach a base camp of Mt. Everest. After nearly two weeks of walking, 15-year old Eli Reimer reached 17,600 feet. Eli’s father, Justin, joined his son for the ascent in an effort to raise funds for their family’s charity, The Elisha Foundation….The father and son duo ultimately raised $85,000 for The Elisha Foundation, which says it offers professional and educational support to families with special-needs children….True progress cannot be achieved for people with special needs if we’re approaching the issue with the mindset that some people are better off dead than alive. As Eli Reimer’s father noted, “the lives of those with disabilities have infinite worth.” That is the starting point and from there we will build a society that respects people with Down syndrome at all stages of their lives.