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Oregon Teen Becomes First Person With Down Syndrome To Reach Mount Everest Base Camp

Fifteen-year-old Eli Reimer, his father and a group of friends made the two-week, 70-mile hike to raise money and awareness for disabled children.

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The group climbed to benefit The Elisha Foundation (TEF), a nonprofit organization founded by Eli's parents in 2005 to give families of children with disabilities "practical and emotional support" through workshops and retreat programs.

"[Most people] don't accept disability and wouldn't think that somebody like my son would be able to attempt let alone complete something like this." Eli's father said. "So it was an amazing experience to do it with him.

Watch Trek 4 TEF's video footage from Mt. Everest and the group's triumphant homecoming:

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