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Team Everest ’03 Calls for Mt. Everest Disability Team

Celebrates Major Climb in Africa


AUSTIN, TEXAS March 19, 2002
The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD) announced the release of applications to join its Team Everest ’03 expedition to Mt. Everest, while celebrating the summitting of Mt. Kilimanjaro by expedition leader Gary Guller. CTD and Guller are putting together a team of people with various disabilities to make a historic Mt. Everest ascent in the spring of 2003.

“By working as a team and ascending to the 17,388’ base of the world’s highest peak, Team Everest ’03 will challenge the myth that people with disabilities are not strong and capable. We’re looking for 15 people to join and send a message to the world that there really is unlimited potential to work, play and have a full life if you live with a disability. It is time for us to shatter the assumptions and discrimination still held by so many citizens,” says CTD Executive Director Dennis Borel

Internationally known mountaineer and amputee Guller recently returned to Austin after successfully reaching the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania on February 22, 2002. The Kilimanjaro expedition is Stage One of Team Everest ‘03, an 18-month campaign promoting 50 years of progress in advancing the conditions of people with disabilities, while paralleling next year’s much-anticipated 50th anniversary of the first summit of Mt. Everest. “We took the message to the top of Africa. Next we’ll take it to the top of the Americas, and finally to the top of the world in 2003,” said Guller. He will also climb Mt. Everest as the climactic event of Team Everest ’03.

CTD plans to display the Team Everest ’03 banner flown at Kilimanjaro’s summit and introduce the first Team Everest ’03 Team Members at their annual Kenny Murgia Memorial Scholarship Awards Event at the Omni Southpark Hotel in Austin from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2002. Disability advocates from across the state will convene in Austin to attend this event, where a Texas high school senior with a disability will be awarded a college scholarship.

Interested persons should contact Project Director Dennis Borel at (512) 478-3366 or or visit the team website

Media advisory: Photos and media kit available upon request.

Press Contact:
Dennis Borel
Project Director
(512) 478-3366