Wendy Booker’s energy seems endless – it takes more than mountaineering, marathons, mushing and Multiple Sclerosis to tame her passion for adventure.
In June of 1998, Wendy was diagnosed with relapsing-remitting MS. When first diagnosed, Wendy was devastated. But it took very little time for her to transform anguish into inspiration. She immediately turned her hobby of casual running into a continuous pursuit and has now completed ten marathons, with the latest being the New York Marathon last fall.
Mountain climbing became the next conquest. In 2004 at the age of 48, Wendy became the first person with MS to stand atop Denali, the highest peak in North America.
That feeling of accomplishment propelled her next aspiration: to climb the highest mountain on each continent. Just five years later, Wendy had successfully reached the top of six mountains on her list – Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. Aconcagua, Mt. Vinson Massif and Mt. Kosciusko – the first person with MS to summit six of the Seven Summits. After two attempts on Mt. Everest in 2009 and 2010, Wendy accepted that she had pushed MS to the highest it would allow her to go. She has found contentment in climbing 6 ½ of the Seven Summits and uses her experiences to empower others.
The Polar Trilogy is her current goal: taking her to the North Pole, South Pole and across Greenland. The mission is always to educate, motivate and encourage anyone facing a challenge in life to push through and climb on – the view from the top is breathtaking. On April 23, 2011 Wendy became the first person with MS to reach the North Pole – the top of the world – accompanied by her intrepid team of sled dogs. And in January 2012 she completed her trek to the South Pole.
Wendy Booker is a mountaineer, an adventurer, an explorer – and she’s not done yet. Wendy will be leading the stretching exercises and the “Climb to The Top” event at Rockefeller Center.
There will be over 1,500 participants making their way of the 66 flights of stairs to help raise awareness for MS.