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Against the Odds, Amputees Climb Volcano for a Cause

In 2010, while serving in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Corporal Kionte Storey lost his leg to an IED. Once back in the States, Storey battled PTSD and depression as he tried to adjust to life as an amputee. Luckily, he found a positive method for channeling those dark feelings: mountain climbing. Just two years after his injury, in January 2013, Storey summited Mt. Vinson—the highest peak in Antarctica. That experience changed his life, and since then, he’s been climbing mountains around the world. Now in Ecuador, Storey is leading a group of fellow amputees on an attempt to summit a nearly-19,000-foot volcano. Their goal is to raise awareness for ROMP—an organization that provides prosthetic and orthotic care to under-served populations.


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