Cross to describe overcoming diabetes to climb world’s tallest mountains

Will Cross, one of the world’s best known mountain climbers, will be in Portland Wednesday to talk about topping Mt. Everest, as well as topping Type 1 Diabetes.

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Cross is being hosted by the University of New England’s College of Pharmacy, and his presentation will take place at 5 p.m. in the WCHP Lecture Hall in Parker Pavillion on the Portland campus.

The speech is titled, “Reaching New Heights: Conquering Mountains, Reaching Poles and Living His Dream.”

Regardless of what health conditions Cross might be living with, his climbing resume is jaw-dropping. He’s ascended the highest peaks on all seven continents and walked to both the South and North Poles (bring your lists for Santa Claus Wednesday in case he plans to go back). Read more about him here.

Cross once said this to the publication Diabetic Living:

I want to show people with diabetes that they don’t have to be defined by their disease. They can manage diabetes successfully and accomplish anything they put their minds to. It took two years to get ready for the South Pole trip and to convince people it was possible. There were doubts. Could my physiology make a 60-day trek? What diet would work in those extremes? Would insulin freeze?

Seth Koenig

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