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Team Everest 2003

Marcia, Mark, Dinesh and Gov. Perry Gov. Perry Announces Texans with Disabilities to Climb Mt. Everest; Team Everest '03 Receives Permit for Historic Journey

Rick Perry

AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry joined with the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities today to announce that a delegation of 18 Texans with disabilities has received a permit to climb Mount Everest. The group known as Team Everest will make the journey in the spring of 2003.

"We are here today to recognize and celebrate the limitless potential of the human spirit," said Perry. "I applaud the members of Team Everest for dreaming big and pioneering new trails."

The summit permit, issued by the government of Nepal, is one of only 20 expedition permits expected to be distributed for 2003. Next year will mark the 50th anniversary of the first successful climb to the summit's peak.

The team, which is made up of Texans with a variety of disabilities, seeks to draw parallels between the historic climb and the progress people with disabilities have made during the past 50 years. Most team members will make the 30-mile trek to the 17,500-foot base camp, with several others continuing their climb to the 29,035-foot peak.

The governor was joined at the announcement by Paul Carrozza, co-chair of the Governor's Council on Physical Fitness, and Gary Guller, who will lead the expedition. After a 1986 climbing accident which resulted in the amputation of his left arm, Guller continues to lead climbs around the world. By reaching the summit with Team Everest, Guller would be the first person with one arm to complete the climb to the world's highest peak.

"You remind us that society should never place limits on the ability of the human mind or the potential of the human spirit," Perry told the climbers.

The Coalition of Texans with Disabilities is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that people with disabilities enjoy equal opportunities to live, learn, work, play and participate fully in the community of their choice.


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