Sierra Farris and Monique Giroux MD traveled as medical team supporting and encouraging individuals with neurological conditions to realize life-long dreams and goals that measured beyond most perceptions as possible. Sierra and Dr. Giroux joined fourteen people living with Parkinson’s disease or Multiple Sclerosis and twelve companions to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania Africa July 2011. Sierra and Dr. Giroux climbed alongside the most amazing team toward a shared goal. The twenty-eight member team was led by Lori Schneider, the first person with MS to climb the seven summits and is an international symbol of the courage and determination necessary to reach beyond the limits. View above several photos that highlight the beauty and the daily challenges faced by the team. Through amazing camaraderie, team members supported one another and celebrated daily victories that brought tears of enjoyment with each passing day.
The goal of the adventure was to encourage and empower others to not be defined by their disease but to reach beyond their diagnosis and continue to challenge themselves and others. Inspired by Lori’s accomplishments and dedicated to the same principles and ideas for her patients, Sierra joined the team and opened the door for people with Parkinson’s to join the team and take the challenge of a life-time.
Why this climb remains important?
The climb was about hope, empowerment and support for those living with PD, MS or any challenging condition. It is so important not to be defined by your disease or to give in to what others or society expects that you can or can not do. By coming together this team increased awareness for Multiple Sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease and showed the world that anything is possible with hope, determination, courage, empathy and support!