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MEDIA ALERT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

TEXAS GOVERNOR RICK PERRY TO HOLD TEAM EVEREST '03 PRESS CONFERENCE IN AUSTIN


AUSTIN, TEXAS November 19, 2002

WHO: Governor Rick Perry and Team Everest '03 expedition leader Gary Guller

WHAT: Team Everest '03 Press Conference

WHEN: 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, November 20, 2002

WHERE: Texas State Capitol in Austin, Governor's Conference Room on the second floor of the Capital, directly above the front entrance.

WHY: Gov. Perry will announce his support for the Austin-based Team Everest '03, an expedition to Everest in Spring 2003 spotlighting the potential of people with disabilities. He will also announce that the expedition has been awarded by the Government of Nepal one of the few coveted climbing permits.

Team Everest 03 will be led by Texas mountaineer Gary Guller, a climber with only one arm. The historic event is promoting 50 years of progress in improving the lives of those with disabilities while paralleling the 50th anniversary of the first summit of Everest. Guller will lead this unique team of people with a variety of disabilities, including those with quadriplegia, paraplegia, and mobility, visual and hearing impairments, as well as cancer survivors, on the three-week trek to Mt. Everest Base Camp at 17,300ft before himself attempting the 29,035ft summit. If he succeeds, Guller will be the first climber with one arm to summit the world's highest peak.

"Team Everest '03 has a powerful message; it models how society can open the door of opportunity to all people, regardless of their ability or disability," says Guller, "Several of our Challenge Trek members have severe disabilities and they will shatter the stereotypes of what can be accomplished."

Media Kit and Photos available

Visit www.teameverest03.org


Press Contact:
Joni Rogers
Expedition Logistics
(512) 407-8314
jrogers@teameverest03.org

jrogers@teameverest03.org