Updating you on a story we brought you last month; a local Bend High student with Down's Syndrome has returned from scaling Mt. Everest to the Base Camp.
Eli Reimer's dad, Justin says the climb went very well and it brought a whole new sense of pride and accomplishment to Eli.
"Honestly, it was so full of all sorts of memories and most of them very sweet memories of Eli on the trail and our entire team being his community of support and them really spurring him on. The whole thing was amazing."
Reimer says their Sherpa guides were also very impressed with Eli's enthusiasm and stamina, as they had never been with a disabled person before.
"For them, it was a totally different experience. And they were very nervous at first and didn't know how they should interact with him, and didn't know how they could communicate with him. And it was neat to see that as we progressed on the trail, they began to develop a close relationship with Eli. That was powerful to see the impact with that culture, simply by Eli being Eli and being so kind and loving to these men that were leading us that it was a very neat side of things as far as the impact on a culture."
Their efforts raised about $94,000 for the Elisha Foundation, a group that helps bring education and comfort to families with disabled kids.