A Terminally Ill Cancer Patient Just Climbed Mount Everest

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United Kingdom-native Ian Toothill is the first terminally ill cancer patient to climb to Mount Everest's summit. He did it with the help of a GoFundMe campaign.

Back in 2015, cancer patient and United Kingdom-native Ian Toothill was told he only had a few months to live. A few days ago, he conquered Mount Everest. 

According to the BBC, Toothill was diagnosed with bowel cancer two years ago. The 47-year-old reportedly overcame it in 2016, but found out later that it had come back deadlier than ever.

In February 2017, Toothill told BBC Radio Sheffield that he was "determined to prove anything is possible." His GoFundMe page echoes his ambition.

"I've always had a strong passion for adventure and discovering new challenges. My time in the military enabled me to seek new adventures around the globe; I've previously climbed in the Himalayas for 3 months, and I've walked across Iceland, solo and unsupported. Climbing Mt Everest would be the pinnacle of my adventures, as it's been a dream since I was a child, and on my bucket list as an adult."

As they say, if you dream it, you can do it, and that's just what Toothill did. After raising nearly $41,000 for the trip, some of which he donated to charity, Toothill planted a Sheffield Wednesday Football Club flag at the top of Mount Everest. He's the first cancer patient to climb the beast

Naturally, Twitter was beaming, congratulating him for the remarkable feat. 

Despite the tremendous accomplishment, though, Toothill insists that it wasn't about climbing the tallest mountain in the world. 

"I also want to inspire anyone living with cancer to go and do that special thing they've always wanted to do. Of course, that thing might not be climbing a mountain. It could be finishing that book you've always said you would write, learning a new skill, or taking that dream trip."

I know Toothill's accomplishment has inspired me — what about you? 

Banner/thumbnail credit: Flickr user Gunther Hagleitner

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