From the lowest lows to the highest highs

Nov 19, 2010

Although we usually talk about the accomplishments of children and children’s programs on this blog, sometimes a powerful story comes along that we just have to share.

Earlier this year, Colombian athlete Nelson Cardona scaled Mt. Everest on an artificial leg after overcoming an accident during his attempt to scale the Nevado del Ruiz in the Andes Mountains – an accident that cost him his leg, his teeth and what doctors said would be any use of his body. His recovery has been nothing short of amazing.

Here are Nelson’s words:

On May 17, one of my biggest dreams came true: to be on the top of the Mount Everest. This event was (and still is) a wonderful thing and one of the toughest in my life.

It is important not to lose the sight of your objectives. After the [Nevado del Ruiz] accident, I woke up and knew that I was going to be able to walk and do sports again.

Once I recovered, I went through stages of physical adaptation and food preparation. I undertook a constant diet of vegetables, proteins and vitamins, which was fundamental to try any kind of activity again.

I want to share with you that Amway accompanied me on this great challenge. I always say that disability only lives in people’s minds. I think I’m a good example of that.  

Amway Colombia sponsored the expedition team by providing Nutrilite products. Thanks to Jeff Dahl, Maria Rey and Adriana Restrepro for sharing this story with us, and thank to Nelson for your inspiring words … and actions!


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