A big congratulations goes out to Chris Bombardier, the first person with hemophilia to summit Mt. Everest.
According to his Facebook page, Adventures of a Hemophiliac, Bombardier reached the world’s tallest mountain at 9:59 a.m.
For every child who has been told no due to their bleeding disorder.
For every patient wondering when his next dose of life-saving clotting factor will be.
For every family who has plans derailed by hemophilia.
For every parent who goes to bed in agony not understanding how to treat their child’s disorder.
For every hemophiliac athlete who waits in quiet hesitation out of fear of injury.
For all of us overcoming the impossible.
This mountain is for you.
Hemophilia is a rare bleeding disorder that slows the blood clotting process. Because a person with hemophilia has blood that doesn’t clot normally, there’s risk of internal bleeding and joint damage.
Bombardier, a Colorado resident, is on a self-infusion regimen to deliver clotting factor into his bloodstream. Yes, that means he even had to infuse on Everest.
“I don’t want to sit on the couch,” Bombardier told Purpose2Play in 2015. “I want to get out and enjoy as much as I can!”
Bombardier has been raising money for Save One Life, Inc. which helps improve the quality of life for people with bleeding disorders in developing countries. Thanks to his efforts, almost $10,000 will be donated to the Nepal Hemophilia Society.
Great climbing, Chris!
If you’d like to learn more about Chris Bombardier, check out our exclusive on him.