Oct 16, 2013
DENVER – Former Steamboat elementary school teacher and mountaineer Lori Schneider is the first person living with MS to summit Mount Everest and complete the Seven Summits. Schneider will be in Steamboat to share her remarkable journey of scaling the highest peak on each continent and will also inspire others to climb beyond their own preconceived limitations and live their dreams.
“Empowerment Through Adventure: Climbing Beyond Our Limits,” will take place 2:30 - 4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 at the Bud Werner Memorial Library in Steamboat Springs. The program is presented by the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter, National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society and is free to the public.
Schneider’s first mountain climb took place in 1993 when she climbed Mount Kilimanjaro with her father to celebrate his 61st birthday. Six years later she was 43-years-old, teaching at Soda Creek Elementary School and planning a second climb with her father - this time Mount Aconcagua in South America - when she woke up one day and the entire right side of her body was numb. After three months of tests she learned the cause of her numbness when she was diagnosed with MS, a disease that affects the central nervous system by disrupting the flow of information from the brain to the body that can cause a range of symptoms including vision impairment, cognition issues and loss of movement.
Schneider decided to continue to secretly train for the climb for a year, not telling anyone about her diagnosis for fear they would not allow her to do the climb. She also needed to prove to herself that she was still in control of her body on some level and wanted to move beyond her fear of the label of MS. She made the Aconcagua in climb in 2000 and went on to scale Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. McKinley (Denali), Vinson Massif, Mt. Kosciuszko and in 2009, Mt Everest.
Today Schneider is an author, international motivational speaker and advocate for people living with neurological disorders and disabilities who works to help empower others to scale life’s mountains and obstacles to achieve their aspirations.
To register for the free program, visit www.blacktie-colorado.com/rsvp and enter event code MSLori. For additional information, call 303-698-5436.
Colorado and Wyoming have one of the highest incidences of MS in the nation and the Chapter has offices located in Grand Junction, Denver, Colorado Springs and Fort Collins in Colorado and Cheyenne and Casper in Wyoming to serve more than 100,000 people affected by MS in the two-state area.
About the Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society
The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter of the National MS Society was founded in 1959 and provides comprehensive programs and advocacy to assist and empower the more than 100,000 individuals residing in Colorado and Wyoming who are affected by MS annually. The Colorado-Wyoming Chapter is also a driving force of research for the prevention, treatment and cure of MS and contributes funds to support 350 National MS Society research projects worldwide – nine of which are located in Colorado. The Chapter has offices in Denver, Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, Grand Junction, Cheyenne and Casper serving the Colorado and Wyoming communities.
About Multiple Sclerosis
Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.