Marcia Noyes

Beyond Everest: A Blind Man Changing Lives

Kids' Pages Family Magazine | May 2004

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Three years ago this month, a local man placed his foot on the world's highest peak and shattered perceptions of what someone with a disability could accomplish. In 2001, Erik Weihenmayer -- a blind man attempting the impossible, climbed to the top of Mt. Everest; when he climbed down the mountain, he became a hero.

Word that he had reached the summit went around the world and his face graced the covers of Time and Parade magazines. Thousands of billboards appeared across the country with Erik's picture and the worlds, "Climbed Mt. Everest. Blind. Vision. Pass it on." School children also began considering what makes someone a hero.