May 23, 2009 Lori Schneider became the
first person in the world with Multiple
Sclerosis (MS) to climb Mt. Everest. In
doing so, Lori Schneider also became the
first person in the world with MS to
complete the “Seven Summits” while living
with MS. Lori was honored to be
asked to carry the first ever World MS Day
flag to the summit of Everest, fighting a
blizzard, fatigue, and 60 MPH winds.
“It was a privilege to carry the hopes and
dreams of all of us with MS, to the top of
the world” said Schneider.
experiencing symptoms of MS as early as
1980. MS is a disease that often goes
undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for many years.
She feels fortunate that her MS is stable
right now. “At this point, I am still
able to live an active life, even climb
mountains. I know that many people
with MS aren’t even able to climb the stairs
in their own home. I am inspired by
their courage,” says Schneider.
was in good company this year on Everest, as
she completed the last of the Seven Summits.
Another climber with MS, Wendy Booker,
attempted Everest but turned back.
Schneider said that Wendy’s story inspired
her several years ago, saying, “Wendy made
me believe that it is still possible to live
your dreams, even when living with MS.”
Booker, as well as two other climbers with
MS, may try Everest again in 2010.
“Good luck to you and thank you for
sharing your courage in living with MS.
You are an inspiration to never give up on
Schneider’s summit of Mt. Everest gives hope
to people with MS,” says Mary Hartwig,
National MS Society – Wisconsin Chapter.
“While not all people with MS are physically
able to climb mountains, Lori’s achievement
demonstrates that with a can-do attitude we
can all live our lives as fully as possible.
It’s an inspiration.”
Lori is an inspirational speaker,
educator, and mountain climber. Lori
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