Wendy Booker’s story is about overcoming obstacles – whatever they may be – through a journey of self-discovery, serendipity and stubbornness.
After tackling the Seven Summits – and becoming the first person with MS to reach the North and South Poles – Wendy is now training with a team of sled dogs in Alaska to qualify for the Iditarod in 2015!
A little history…
In June of 1998, Wendy was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS after experiencing balance problems, blurred vision and numbness on her left side. When first diagnosed, she was devastated. But it took very little time for her to transform anguish into inspiration. She immediately turned her hobby of casual running into a continuous pursuit and has now completed ten marathons.
Mountain climbing became the next conquest. In 2004 at the age of 50 , Wendy took on one of the toughest mountains in the world and became the first person with MS to stand atop Denali (Mt. McKinley) in 2004.
That feeling of accomplishment propelled her next aspiration: to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Four years later, Wendy had successfully reached the top of six mountains on her list: Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Aconcagua, Mt. Vinson Massif and Mt. Kosciuszko. After two attempts on Mt. Everest in 2009 and 2010, Wendy accepted that she had pushed MS to the highest it would allow her to go. She has found contentment in climbing 6 of the Seven Summits and using the experience to empower others facing adversity to never give up and continue to scale new heights.
Wendy’s passion, strength and tenacity are garnering attention from national and international press, and her career has evolved from interior design to motivational speaking around the globe. The mission is always to educate, motivate and encourage anyone facing a challenge in life to push through and climb on – the view from the top is breathtaking.
Click below to view her recent feature on My Generation/PBS: