Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Wendy Booker, Inspiring Others, Living with MS

I had the privilege of talking to Wendy Booker this weekend.  She is known as a mountain climber who lives with MS.  She has run countless marathons and raised money and awareness for MS causes.  She founded her own non-profit (not MS-related) and have helped others do the same.

I emailed some questions, she sent wonderful responses, and then we spoke on the phone yesterday.  It was impossible to capture everything said, but I came away with someone to keep in touch with and to be inspired by.  We could have spoken for hours.

My interview with Wendy can be read on MS Central, below is portion from that post:

Desiring to give back to the communities which have supported and touched her on her many journeys, Wendy created The Other Side of Everest Educational Foundation. The Foundation supports the children of deceased Sherpas, aims to improve the lives of both children and mothers in Nepal, as well as educating and inspiring under-privileged and challenged school children in the United States.  The Foundation grew from Wendy’s desire to support one baby whose mother was widowed at age 19 after her Sherpa husband died in a climbing accident in 2008.

Although I might disagree with her after speaking, Wendy says that she “was nothing extraordinary” before MS; if not for MS, she was on her way to “becoming a couch potato.”  Serendipity works in mysterious ways.  With MS, Wendy has found a way to make a difference in other people’s lives...literally around the globe.

Read this post in its entirety:

MS Around the Globe: Wendy Booker, Mountain Climber and Inspiration

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