As a nine-year old, Neeraj George lost his left leg to a cancerous tumour. But he did not lose his confidence.
He became a para-badminton player with national and international awards and trekked many peaks to prove that disability is not a hinder to achieving success. Now has climbed Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa, to prove his point again.
32-year-old Neeraj, hailing from Kochi, and a few friends defeated the peak recently. Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa, has three volcanic zones, making it a tough challenge for the trekkers. Many dissuaded him. Neeraj was not scared.
Trekking has been part of his life. He has already scaled Karnataka’s third highest peak Tadiandamol, Pakshipathalam in Wayanad and Kurinji in Tamil Nadu, before setting his eyes on Kilimanjaro.
He scaled 19,341 feet using his crutches, along with the friends — Chandni Alexander, Paulson Joseph, Akhila, Sijo George and Shyam Gopakumar. Neeraj and his team camped in the mountains in extreme weather conditions.
His message to the people is simple:”Do not be disheartened because if you have a will you have a way. I hope I can inspire more people with disabilities to achieve things”.