Friday, March 04, 2005

Ain't No Mountain High Enough

AWESOME Cincinnati Post article by reporter Roy Wood, about a climber with Type 1 Diabetes.

He's climbed Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, Mt. McKinley in Alaska, Mt. Kilamanjaro in Tanzania, and many others. He's visited the North and South Poles, and he's attempted to scale the formidable Mt. Everest, only faltering near the top. And now, 37-year-old Type 1 Diabetes patient Will Cross is
"working to complete the NovoLog Peaks and Poles Challenge, a two-year quest to reach both poles and the highest mountain peak on each continent.

"Drug maker NovoLog, which makes insulin, is sponsoring his adventure...

"If he completes the climbs, he will become the first American and first person with diabetes to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents and trek to both the North and South pole, he said....

"There were many similarities in the climb and his battle against diabetes, he said

"For example, Cross said, ladders are laid across crevasses, then crossed one, slow, careful step at a time.

"Similarly, he breaks his health care into 'just one blood test, not a series of finger pricks -- just one result, not a series of bad results.'

"'Every day I can make a decision to live well with diabetes,' said Cross, who was diagnosed at age 9. "

Everest is Cross's albatross--he had to turn back last year, near the summit. But he'll do it. He will. There is nothing we can't do if we put our minds to it.

What an inspiration! Cross's story made my day.