DISABLED SPORTS USA via Crowdrise
January 20, 2015
BENEFITING: DISABLED SPORTS USA
EVENT DATE: Jan 15, 2015
In January 2015, the Disabled Sports USA's Warfighter Sports Team of severely wounded warriors will attempt a summit of Aconcagua, a nearly 23,000’ mountain in the Andes of Argentina, South America.
The Warfighter Sports Team will consists of four wounded warriors from two generations and three wars, a doctor, John Podraza, MD, from Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, a world class guide, Ryan Waters, who has accomplished the “Adventurers Grand Slam” of summiting all of the “Seven Summits” plus trekking to the North and South Poles and a volunteer support climber, Alexander (Alf) Garner, from Willis, a sponsor of the climb.
The wounded warriors are Sgt. Chris Buckminster, USMC, who is dealing with Traumatic Brain Injury; Lance Corporal Colton Carlson, USMC, a double leg amputee; Captain Dave Borden, USMC, an above knee amputee; and Sgt. Kirk Bauer, US Army, an above knee amputee from the Vietnam war and executive director of Disabled Sports USA/Warfighter Sports.
The purpose of the climb is to inspire and motivate fellow wounded warriors and others, who are facing the challenge of rehabilitation after severe injury, to realize that they can lead active, fulfilling lives with their disabilities as well as support Warfighter Sports. The long, arduous step by step process of rehabilitation is very similar to climbing mountains. Both require dedication, persistence, planning and executing fitness programs, and, finally, “taking one step at a time” to the thousands that it takes to reach the goal of rehabilitation and summiting. The warriors also want to raise awareness nationally to the challenges our wounded warriors face when they are injured.
Sponsors: A huge thank you to our generous sponsors for making this climb possible!
About Aconcagua: Aconcagua is the highest mountain in either North or South America and is the highest in the world outside of Asia.For world class mountain climbers, Aconcagua is one of the prized “Seven Summits”, the tallest mountain on each of the seven continents of the world. Mt. Everest in Asia is the most famous of these “Seven Summits”.
About Warfighter Sports: Warfighter Sports, a program of Disabled Sports USA, offers sports rehabilitation for wounded warriors with permanent physical disabilities in military hospitals and communities across the U.S. in partnership with a nationwide network of over 100 community-based chapters. Contributions cover all expenses for participation of the warrior and a family member, including individualized adaptive instruction, adaptive sports equipment, transportation, lodging and meals.
Since 1967, Disabled Sports USA has proudly served wounded warriors, including those injured in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, offering over 30 winter and summer sports at more than 100 events each year. Warfighter Sports rebuilds lives through sports by improving self-confidence, promoting independence and uniting families through shared healthy activities.
Since 2003, more than 8,200 of the most severely wounded and their families have been served, including those with amputations, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, visual impairments, and significant nerve and muscle damage. For more information, visit www.warfightersports.org.