A man with cerebral palsy who last year became the first person with the condition to scale Yosemite’s El Capitan will be honored Tuesday for his contributions to the disability community.
Stephen Wampler will receive United Cerebral Palsy’s “Life Without Limits” award during the organization’s annual convention this week in New Orleans, La. Each year, the award recognizes an individual with disabilities whose leadership makes them a role model for those both with and without disabilities, according to officials at UCP.
Last September, Wampler made headlines when he pulled himself up the 3,000 foot El Capitan, a rock formation at Yosemite National Park. He used a specially designed pull-up bar, completing about 20,000 pull-ups over six days in order to reach the summit.
In addition to Wampler’s physical feat, he is also being recognized for his work at the foundation he created, the Stephen J. Wampler Foundation which sponsors camp experiences for kids with physical disabilities.
“Wampler’s personal adventures, requiring perseverance and endurance, have made him a role model for millions of individuals with disabilities and his foundation’s work to enable children have their own outdoor adventures is truly remarkable,” wrote Lauren Cozzi, a UCP spokeswoman in an e-mail to Disability Scoop.