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Nov 5, 2011 3:28 PM by Trovette Tottress

Man climbs mountain without use of legs

It's one of the tallest mountains in the world, Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro. And one man made the impossible, possible. He climbed the 19,000 feet summit without the use of his legs.

Twenty-three years ago, a skiing accident left Chris Waddel paralyzed. At that moment, he made a crucial decision to not become a victim.

"As individuals we want to contribute in some ways that's bigger than ourselves", said Chris Waddel. "For me it wasn't a whole lot of a choice because being a victim meant I was diminishing my quality of life."

Chris' journey was made into a film, One Revolution, and, he's in town inspiring others.  He says climbing the mountain gave him the opportunity to do something larger than himself.

"If I made it to the top of the mountain, I may have a greater voice. I might be able to make a greater impression. If I didn't I might as well be another guy in a wheel chair", said Chris Waddel

His inspiration has given many hope.

"Set big goals. When things get in the way of those goals to just keep going, keep persevering no matter what happens", said Amanda Stoddard, Film Director.

Chris says he hopes the film, One Revolution, will change the way the world sees people with disabilities.

"It doesn't matter who we are, we have a struggle. So when you bring people together in a struggle, maybe we will see the individual in the person as oppose to seeing the differences", said Chris Waddel.

He also says, no matter what the obstacles, its up to you to chose the life you want to live.

"It's not what happens to you, its what you do with what happens to you", said Chris Waddel

It's a message he hopes will resonate around the world.

 

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