August 11, 2010
Last week, we held our training session for the soldiers on our upcoming expedition. These men and women have all sacrificed greatly in behalf of our country. Our goal on this climb is to both give back to these heroes and to inspire others.
We all met in Golden, Colorado before heading up to the mountains to practice the skills needed for climbing on steep snow and ice. Before heading up to the hills, our team had a very special call from none other than former President George W. Bush. He spoke individually with each team member and offered some words of encouragement. President Bush told the team that he was “really proud you’re setting an example” for others with disabilities.
Whether you agree with his politics or not, it is significant that our former Commander-In-Chief reached out to these soldiers to support their cause. After President Bush first learned about our expedition, he took a personal interest in not only what these soldiers are attempting but also in their stories. His comments to the team were indeed both inspirational to us as a whole but also to each individual.
We are happy and grateful to receive any and all support possible! It doesn't matter if you are Democrat or Republican, apolitical or anarchist, we can all agree that a team of people with significant disabilities tackling a daunting challenge is commendable!