Very few people have successfully climbed the "Seven Summits" of the world - the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. It is a dangerous and technical endeavor, and while many attempt; few succeed. It is not a task for the faint of heart, or those who are not at the pinnacle of fitness. However, in 2010, Paul Fejtek joined this elite list of climbers after conquering all seven peaks with the use of mostly one hand.
Paul became the first person to climb all Seven Summits with Brachial Plexus Palsy - a birth injury which caused nerve damage and paralysis of the muscles in his right hand. Paul was able to accomplish his dream with the support of his wife, his friends, and the Challenged Athletes Foundation (CAF) - an organization that provides support and funding for those with physical disabilities to allow them to pursue active lifestyles through physical fitness and competitive sports.
Paul reflects upon growing up with his disability, "I remember as a child trying to figure out how to tie my shoes or button my shirt with one hand or play sports with all of the other kids - it was a real challenge." Paul was also inspired to raise money through his own efforts including the donation of the profits from his recently released book "Steps to the Summit." In this book, Paul, who is also a distinguished business leader as a Managing Director in the finance industry, provides not only a captivating account of his journey to the summits, but also a guidebook for achieving true success in business and in life.
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