Mrs. Estle’s class has recently begun a project in conjunction with Tyler Armstrong (http://TopWithTyler.com), who is attempting to be the youngest climber to summit Mt. Everest. After reading about Tyler in Scholastic News, the class made contact with him on Twitter (@topwithtyler). Today, they Skyped with him to discuss details about hiking and climbing in addition to learning about his cause, Climb to Cure Duchenne. It is a campaign encouraging climbers of all ages to help cure Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a devastating and lethal muscle disease in children, impacting more than 300,000 boys worldwide. Most children with Duchenne, will not survive beyond their mid-20s and will likely need a wheelchair by age 12. Currently there is no cure for Duchenne, but researchers are on the verge of FDA approval for a drug that can cure the disease.
Tyler, the 11-year-old mountaineering phenomenon, may be climbing Mt. Everest in Spring 2016 as part of Climb to Cure Duchenne, making him the youngest person ever to summit Everest. Tyler is challenging anyone to Pick Your Peak, conquer it, and raise money to help make the cure for Duchenne a reality. (http://climbtocureduchenne.org/) Mrs. Estle’s, Mr. Schmitt’s, Mrs. Pupino’s, and Mrs. Roeder’s classes will all be hiking Mt. Major at the end of May to help support this cause.