ABC's 20/20 to Air 'Superhumans' - How Paraplegic Chris Waddell Summited Mount Kilimanjaro and Changes the Lives of America's children.

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Champion Paralympic athlete, Chris Waddell will be featured for his historic climb this Friday on ABC's 20/20's "Superhumans" segment (10 pm EDT, 7/22/11). As part of his One Revolution Foundation Waddell has also presented to more than 45,000 students, addressing the labels that limit all of us. This coming fall, he will reach another 30,000 students and show the award-winning film of the climb in cities throughout the US during a 10-week tour.

Waddell summits Mt. Kilimanjaro

One Revolution stands for how something small can lead to something big—how one turn of the cranks can lead to the summit of 19,340-foot Mt Kilimanjaro, or how reaching one child can change the nature of our perceptions.

Champion Paralympic athlete Chris Waddell will be featured for his historic climb this Friday on ABC’s 20/20’s “Superhumans” segment (10 pm EDT, 7/22/11). As part of his One Revolution Foundation, Waddell has presented to more than 45,000 students, addressing the labels that limit all of us. This coming fall, he will reach another 30,000 students and show the award-winning film of the climb in a 10-week tour throughout the US.

Paralyzed in 1988 while a ski racer for Middlebury College, Waddell went on to become one of the most decorated Paralympic athletes in the world, earning 13 medals over seven games. He is one of a few athletes to medal in both summer and winter games.

The One Revolution Foundation’s mission is to change the way that the world sees people with disabilities by demonstrating the common journey of challenge. One Revolution stands for how something small can lead to something big—how one turn of the cranks can lead to the summit of 19,340-foot Mt Kilimanjaro, or how reaching one child can change the nature of our perceptions. Chris estimated that it took 528,000 such revolutions to reach the top.

Brandon Gell, one of the students that Chris reached with his Nametags educational program, climbed Mt Kilimanjaro in support of One Revolution. Brandon said, “Chris made me look at my life and my perceived challenges. He inspired me to be better every day.” Along with his father and sister, Brandon climbed the mountain with the goal or raising one dollar for every foot of the 19,340-foot mountain. He exceeded his goal, raising over $20,000 to help One Revolution reach others.

One Revolution Programs:
    Nametags—Educational program
    One Revolution Documentary Film—Award-winning film
    Mobility Revolution—Outreach Program/Wheelchair and Handcycle Donation

Nametags Program:
“Nametags is not about disability, it is about resilience and community. Chris brings people together and inspires them to do great things,” says Donna Volpitta, Ed.D who helped design the program.

Mobility Revolution
One Revolution will design a Developing Countries handcycle based on the model that Chris used to climb Kilimanjaro. They will build a prototype, create a jig and partner with Mobility Care, a wheelchair manufacturer in Tanzania. They will also film every step of the process, including donating five of the vehicles to needy people, and watching to see how their lives are changed for the better.

One Revolution Motto:
“It’s not what happens to you. It’s what you do with what happens to you.”

Summit of Kilimanjaro:
Chris reached the summit of Kilimanjaro on September 30, 2009 with approximately a hundred feet of assistance from his team.

Paralympic Games:
Winter—Albertville, Lillehammer, Nagano, Salt Lake City
Summer—Atlanta, Sydney, Athens

Other Projects
Waddell is pitching a television show and his memoir and he plans to publish two children’s books. He also travels the country giving corporate presentations.

The One Revolution foundation is actively seeking sponsorship for its tours and programming and booking events for the fall.

For further information, visit the web site at http://www.one-revolution.org.

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