By Delinda Lombardo on
Wampler Foundation founder ‘Steve’ explains the how and why behind establishing this awe inspiring organization:
“I was born with severe Cerebral Palsy and I use a power chair, but I now feel fortunate in life and I wouldn’t change it for anything! At nine years old, my parents enrolled me in an annual wilderness camp in the High Sierras where I fished, hiked, played in the lake and slept under the stars. I learned I could do anything I set my mind to and it became my favorite place on earth…Ten years and thousands of happy ‘Wampler Kids’ later, my quest continues to champion young adventurers by directly funding these life-changing experiences at no cost to their families.”
And this September-on behalf of his Foundation-Steve will be the first with Cerebral Palsy to climb Yosemite’s El Capitan! It will take 6 days to scale a vertical granite face twice the height of the Empire State Building and his legions of fans have no doubt it will be a success.
The most recent celebrity to support Steve and his climb is Hollywood’s most powerful funny-lady Ellen DeGeneres. Via the foundation website, Ellen gives a shout out to Steve and also attempts to sing Miley Cyrus’s ‘The Climb’ to him. Priceless.
To view Ellen’s video and to learn more about Steve’s amazing climb, please visit the Wampler Foundation website.
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