Texans with Disabilities (CTD) has organized their biggest and
most exciting event to date, Team Everest ’03. The 18-month
campaign began in Austin, Texas in January 2002 and
will culminate in the Spring 2003 expedition to the world’s
highest peak. CTD's missions is to better serve individuals with
disabilities and raise funding and awareness for disability related
Team Everest '03 is one of the most important events in the disability
community, radically changing the way individuals with disabilities
are perceived. The year 2003 marks the 50th anniversary of the first
summit of Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay. Team
Everest ’03 represents 50 years of progress of people with
disabilities and will “Challenge the Myth” that having
a disability equates to a lack of capability and potential.
In March 2003, the Challenge
Trek team, a group of people representing a variety of disabilities,
began their 30 mile trek to the 17,500’
base camp of Mt. Everest. In May, the Summit
Team led by mountaineer Gary Guller will attempt their climb
to the 29,035’ peak of Everest. If he reaches the top, Gary
will be the first climber with one arm to stand on the summit of
the world's highest peak.
The events preceding the expedition, as well as the 3-month long
Everest climb in March, April and May of 2003 have been highly publicized.
Press coverage, media events, an interactive website, and video
and photo documentation has brought maximum exposure for Team Everest
'03 supporters while promoting
the potential of people with disabilities.
The Coalition of
Texans with Disabilities, founded in 1978, is an IRS-approved
501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that people
with disabilities enjoy equal opportunities to live, work, play,
and participate fully in the community of their choice. CTD has
consistently delivered important results for persons with disabilities
for the past 23 years, and continues to fight the discrimination
that faces individuals with disabilities in almost every aspect
of their lives.
The team still needs your support
to take the message to the top of the world.
Please call our Press
Hotline for further information and sponsorship opportunities:
Dennis Borel, Project Director
Our Offices are located at:
316 W. 12th St., Ste. 405
Austin, TX 78701