On the 23 May 2009, Lori Schneider from Wisconsin, USA became the first person in the world, with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), to summit Mount Everest, as well as to complete the Seven Summits, the highest peaks of the seven continents. In 2011, Lori set a new challenge, the Kilimanjaro Leap of Faith Adventure, gathering together a group of 14 adventurous men and women with MS and Parkinson’s disease (PD) on a climb of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.
At 19,340 feet, Mount Kilimanjaro is not only the highest peak in Africa, but also the highest free-standing mountain the world. The mission will aim to raise awareness of MS and PD and showcase how people can move beyond their neurodegenerative disease, realising that their limitations should not define who they are.
The Kilimanjaro Leap of Faith Adventure provides Lori with the opportunity to share the lessons she has learned about believing in yourself and following your dreams. It is meant to challenge the body, expand the mind and foster courage in dealing with the diagnosis of a neurodegenerative disease.