Doane Grad Makes History, Summits Mount Everest
Nepal – Doane University graduate Chris Bombardier made history Sunday morning, becoming the first person with severe hemophilia to summit Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world at 29,029 feet.
As Chris descends down Mt. Everest, he has now climbed six of the Seven Summits, the highest peak on each continent. In addition to Mount Everest, Chris has reached the peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Mt. Elbrus, Denali, and Carstensz Pyramid. Chris’ pursuit of climbing the Seven Summits began on June 3rd, 2011 when he became the first hemophiliac from the United States to reach the Uhuru peak at the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Chris’ journey has been documented on his Facebook page, Adventures of a Hemophiliac – Chris Bombardier. The WEBBY-Award winning production team at Believe Limited has also chronicled Chris’ journey for the last six months leading up to his climb up Everest. The team plans to release a 10-part web series and feature-length documentary in an effort to raise awareness and better educate the population on hemophilia.
Chris was diagnosed with severe hemophilia B at birth and has devoted his life to raising money and awareness for a disease that currently has no cure. According to the WFH (World Federation of Hemophilia), an estimated 6.9 million people are living with a bleeding disorder. Of these people, 75 percent remain undiagnosed and receive inadequate care or no care at all.
Chris serves on the board for Save One Life, an international hemophilia non-profit and volunteers in the Denver community with the Colorado Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation.
Other than his time at Doane in Crete, Chris has lived in Denver, Colorado his entire life.
For more information on Chris’ journey, visit his website Adventures of a Hemophiliac, where Chris can be contacted as well.