On 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.

Lori began 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.

Lori 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 your dreams!”

“Lori 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 is available to give presentations that will entertain, inspire, and educate your audience.  To learn more about Lori Schneider or inquire about speaking availability, visit her website at www.EmpowermentThroughAdventure.com
Or contact her at: Lori@ETAdventure.com