Steve Wampler Climbed a Mountain So Kids With Disabilities Could Go to Camp

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Steve Wampler is wheelchair-bound due to Cerebral Palsy, but he doesn't allow that to define him. As he says on his website, rockonsteve, he's moved past his disability to a place where his primary focus is on helping children with disabilities live normal, active lives and have the chance to participate in camp programs. Steve started his organization so he could help kids experience camp with their peers, even if their families can't afford it and he did it in a big way for someone in his condition: He decided to climb a mountain. And he did. In September of last year he became the first person with Cerebral Palsy to climb El Capitan Mountain in Yosemite and he recorded the effort in a documentary called "Wall: The Journey Up," which you can see on his website. Even though he was given only a 10% chance of being able to complete the climb, he defied the odds and accomplished his goal. And that's his message to all of us. Don't let anything get in your way of accomplishing your goals and don't forget to give a hand up to others along the way. You can learn more about Steve and find out how you can donate to help children with disabilities at

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