Everest '03 featured in Austin's The Good Life Magazine
The December 2002 issue of Austin's The
Good Life magazine featured Team Everest in an excellent
article by Spike Gillespie. The article was in the "Gusto"
section of the magazine that focuses on health, wellness and fitness.
"Many members dislike the term disabled. But what makes this
trip unique is that very label. It's a Catch-22: The label they
disdain is helping actualize the trip, which they want to take to
prove the label useless."
Several Challange Trek members were interviewed for the article:
I used to consider my amputation somewhat
of a disability, but realized that my disability is my attitude,
or more accurately the wrong attitude I had... I hope to help people
understand that the term disability is not synonymous with incapable.
Why do we need labels, period? For me, this
isn't a disability issue. In one sense, I'm doing it because I enjoy
the camaraderie of other poepole whether they're labeled disabled
or not. And I also enjoy learning about other cultures. On the other
hand, I'm proud to be a part of the evolution of our society in
which people who are labeled as having a disability have the freedom
to do what they want. Gene Rodgers