Spencer West lost his legs to a genetic disorder when he was 5. Today, he made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, having climbed 80 percent of the way on his hands. He also did it while raising $500,000 for charity.
From his blog:
The moment the summit was within sight… it was incredible. We looked around -- me, David and Alex -- and realized that, after seven grueling days of relentless climbing, after 20,000 feet of our blood, sweat and tears (and, let's face it, vomit) we had actually made it. We were at the top. The summit sign seemed almost like a mirage. Then it sunk in. We made it. To the top of the mountain. The mountain that I promised to the world I would climb. The bleeding fingers and blisters were all worth it. I looked at the guys, my two buddies who dreamed up this crazy plan with me, and realized we actually finished what we started.
For most of her life, Ernestine Shepherd was "too prissy to be athletic." She didn't start seriously training until she was 71.
Now Shepherd, at 75, not only is considered the world's oldest female competitive body builder, but she also rocks eye shadow at the gym. Badass.
Phillip Gould, terminally ill with cancer of the esophagus, was given three months to live in the summer of 2011. So Gould spent the final weeks of his life trying to find purpose and meaning in what he called "the Death Zone," and capturing his most intimate experiences in writing and on film. "I had to find meaning in this recurrence," he said, "had finally to come to terms with the purpose of the cancer."
Inspirational Motivational of the Day: 35-year-old Zimbabwe-born cricket commentator Dean du Plessis has been doing play-by-play for nearly 11 years.
Not much of a feat until you consider the fact that du Plessis is completely blind.
"I was born with tumours on both my retinas, so I was only meant to be alive for three to maximum five months," he told AFP, "but I'm 35, not out now, so still playing a good innings."
To make calls, du Plessis relies