What’s Your Mountain? MS, grad school & a son with Muscular Dystrophy

Hi Wendy,

I saw you speak in Kansas City at Turning Point.  I spoke with you and shared that I have MS and that my son Emerson was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy.  We are doing great and trying to be optomistic about our future.

I really enjoyed listening to you speak and hope life treats us all well.  Good luck – Are you still going to Everest this year?  (YES!!)  There are so many great people out there, and Emerson recently was able to receive an all expenses paid trip to Disney world from RADio dj KIDD Kraddick along with 52 other kids with serious illnesses.  We are so excited for him.

I am still trying for my MBA in Healthcare Management so maybe one day I can help others with serious illnesses.  Thanks again for just being you.



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About Wendy Booker

In June of 1998, this 55 year old mother of three was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS after experiencing balance problems, blurred vision and numbness on her left side. When first diagnosed, Wendy was devastated. But it took very little time for her to transform anguish into inspiration. She immediately turned her hobby of casual running into a continuous pursuit and has now completed nine marathons.

Mountain climbing became the next conquest. Wendy learned about a team of mountain climbers with Multiple Sclerosis who were attempting to climb Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska. With no previous climbing experience, she dedicated a year to hard training and set off with them in 2002. Although weather conditions prohibited the team from completing, Wendy attempted the summit again in 2004 on her own and she succeeded!

The feeling of accomplishment she experienced propelled her next aspiration: to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Just five years later, Wendy Booker has successfully reached the top of six of The Seven Summits – Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Aconcagua, Mt. Vinson Massif and Mt. Kosciuszko. Mt. Everest, the highest mountain on earth, still awaits for 2010.


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