Mission statement:
Together we can make a child's dream to Walk come true.
Our I Want to Walk program helps children get surgeries and prosthetic procedures and make first steps on their own. 


Dear friends,

Our Life in Motion - Elbrus 2017 mission has been accomplished with success! 16-year-old girl, Polina was an inspiration for 9 members of the team, as she climbed the mountain on her prosthetic leg.

Why are we doing this, for the last 6 years – mt. Kilimanjaro, mt. Everest’s Base Camp and now Elbrus? We want to show again and again that all limitations are in our heads and with inside strength people can overcome their fears, push all boundaries and make the impossible - possible. Yes, even climbing the highest mountain on prosthetic legs!

This Elbrus trip was the most challenging of all. Snow, ice, 30 km per hour wind, cold nights with the temperature dropping to negative 25C. We had to walk very slowly, carefully making one step at a time on crampons even having to use a rope and ice-axe at some parts of the mountain.

Everyone had their own goal, reaching a personal peak, widening their own resources, maximizing  their own abilities. We worked together as a team, supporting each other with jokes and laughter -  great friends on the mountain :).

 

After the trip our Polina said: “It is a common opinion that only physically strong people can climb mountains and I wanted to show that my physical challenges are not an obstacle. It was my first summit and I learned many important things - how to give and share, how to support, how to step outside of my comfort zone. I am a different person today.  I am proud of myself and I am looking forward to my future, new peaks in my life."

Will we do it again? Of course!

Thank you everyone who supported us during this 10 day expedition! Your encouraging words were a big part of our success. We truly “Stepped Up” together.

We want to thank our partners - Mitsubishi Corporation (Russia) for sponsoring our Life in Motion -Elbrus multimedia project and WHOA Travel for supporting Polina's hike! Your partnership  helped to make our mission successful.

I am happy to share some photos and TV stories - even if they are in Russian the video requires no comments. To watch them, please click here and here.

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Natasha Shaginian-Needham and the Life in Motion team.



Prokhor's Story: 

Prokhor is a very cheerful 5-year-old boy, living in Moscow. He is very sociable and has many friends. Prosha, as his older brother and sister call him, wants to learn how to play football and ride a motorcycle, but... in order to make his dreams come true he needs to have surgery and a prosthetic leg.

We plan to bring him in the end of April to the US for his prostheses procedure. Prokhor will be walking on his own soon!

There are kids, just like Prosha, who dream to walk one day. Please, donate for our "I Want to Walk" program and help a child make his special dream come true. 

UPDATE: We are happy to report that Prokhor has successfully gone through his surgery and is feeling amazing. He not only got his prosthetic leg but also another prosthesis specially designed to help him run. Prokhor is now very active and looking forward to experimenting different sports...Please see some very recent pictures below.

We now hope to bring two kids - Feruza and Alexey for their prosthetic procedure soon! We will keep you updated!


Let's WALK together!  

 

Our next Life In Motion climb will happen in July 2017 when Polina, a 16 year old girl on prosthetics will lead our team on mount Elbrus. Please support this wonderful journey using the "Donate" button below:

We invite you to be our partner in our special programs. Together we can help to change the lives of many children in need.

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