Dr Joseph Maroon is many things, including world-renowned, health and nutrition expert, concussion expert and triathlete, but as of February 26, 2014 you can add mountain climber. Now back in Pittsburgh Dr Maroon talks about his fellow climbers and the struggles they overcame just to be there and those encountered during the climb. See entire Video interview HERE by KDKA TV2 Reporter John Shumway.
“Seeing them overcome the kinds of problems they had climbing over rocks, using their false legs, their prosthetics to go through loose gravel, big stones, big boulders and never complain, never complain. It was always determination, persistence, resilience, all of the factors that really determine success in any field and always good humor, always joking, laughing despite the pain,” Dr. Maroon said.
Starting out on February 20th Dr. Maroon traveled to the country of Tanzania located in eastern Africa to participate as medical adviser to first ever climb of Mount Kilimanjaro by 10 amputees. The Live Free Foundation, founded and led by triple amputee Rajesh Durbal, organized an expedition climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest elevation in the continent of Africa at over 19,000 ft. The participants were also part of a multi-city tour called “Freedom No Limits“.