Impossible is nothing. Ironically, it takes just a few seconds to say this truth but to justify it, it takes a lifetime. Some of us often disagree with it, thinking, “Only a few are born to accomplish the impossible, the rest are not destined or lucky enough.” And that’s where we shame ourselves and our potential.
But, there are some people who believe in the magic of the possibilities even though their unfortunate circumstances limit their potential. And that’s the case with Kyle Maynard. Kyle was born with a rare condition known as congenital amputation i.e he had no limbs
And, the things he has achieved in his lifetime is what even an abled person couldn’t dream of.
Secondly, how many of us aspire to be an athlete?
Not many. Right? Because obviously, it is a daunting thing to pursue. Early morning rise, early sleep, eating right, no partying, practice and practice. Phew!! But Kyle, in spite of being born without limbs decided to be an athlete all his life. He passionately excelled in martial arts, football and wrestling and, more so he received the ‘ESPN Espy Award’ for Best Athlete With A Disability in 2004.
He was also featured on talk shows including ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ and ‘Larry King Live’.
This was not enough for him. In 2011, he made up his mind to climb Mount Kilimanjaro without the aid of prosthetics. Initially, it looked like an unfeasible task for him. He went through an intense training at a series of locations around the US, including Stone Mountain and Blood Mountain in Georgia, Winter Park in Colorado, and Camelback Mountain in Arizona, with expedition leaders.
During his preparation, welding sleeves and rubber bicycle tires were attached to his body with heavy-duty tape to smooth his climb.
On January 6, he started his climb (in fact, he crawled) and within just 10 days, he crawled 19,340 feet and, became the first quadruple amputee to climb Mount Kilimanjaro without assistance.
Moreover, the aim of his climb was not only to push his limitations but also, to raise awareness and donate money for the wounded American military veterans with injuries and conditions including shrapnel wounds, post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injury.