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Sergeant Charlie Linville

The first combat-wounded veteran to summit Mount Everest

The first combat-wounded amputee to Summit Mount Everest, Former Marine EOD (Bomb) Technician: "We all have a vision for ourselves. If you tell yourself you can't, you limit yourself."

Within two months of having his foot amputated due to an injury sustained while deployed in Afghanistan, Sergeant Charlie Linville participated in a triathlon after being told he couldn’t do it — "because they said I can't." Having a new prosthetic limb was not going to stop him from participating — or even from climbing Mt. Everest. Twice, while waiting at Base Camp at Mt. Everest to begin his historical climb, Charlie's climb was delayed due to tragic incidents — even an avalanche and an earthquake could not stop Charlie. Finally, face to face with Mt. Everest for the third time, he conquered the climb, in spite of all external forces at work. Hear how Charlie applies his positive focus in spite of external obstacles to lead the climb as Charlie shares his incredible story of summiting Everest with humility and humor. Join us in this journey.

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