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.
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.
You climbed a mountain and hit the peak, i for one salute you.— Craig B (@26LR179) June 6, 2017
Fantastic achievement!!! 3 awe inspired boys here...they also salute you for taking a football flag to Everest!!!— Kathryn Such (@mynameiskathryn) June 6, 2017
Fantastic mate. If I was wearing 100 hats I'd take evey one off to you. Well done. Amazing. ??— Carlos Fandango (@BladeCarl) June 5, 2017
Amazing - just lost my mum to cancer. Devastating disease. Good on you for achieving something so amazing— Selene Holden (@SeleneCHolden) June 6, 2017
Well done Ian. You're an inspiration! ??— Chris Brammer (@ChrisBramms) June 6, 2017
Humbled and amazed by your achievement ??— Hepzibah (@Hepzibah13) June 6, 2017
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?
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