COVID can’t stop the Range of Motion Project’s amputee climbers from reaching their summits.

The pandemic made it impractical for the Range of Motion Project (ROMP) to travel to Ecuador for its annual fundraising ascent of Cotopaxi. But ROMP’s elite team of amputees and able-bodied climbers will be on the march anyway, bagging summits all over the Western Hemisphere in the name of prosthetic care for everyone. Amplitude is helping to support the effort—and you can, too.

Starting on September 25, ROMP will execute a 36-hour virtual ascent of Cotopaxi, ascending a total of 19,347 feet—equivalent to the mountain’s elevation—in multiple locations. One by one, teams in Vermont, Minnesota, Colorado, Washington, and California will climb an average of six hours and 3,300 vertical feet, with each passing a metaphorical “baton” to the next team upon reaching their respective summits. The final segment will take place in Ecuador, with record-setting climber Karl Egloff (Denali, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, Elbrus) joining the ROMP team.

“We are in a unique position to leverage our own mobility to help amputees receive prosthetic technology that they need to redefine their potential,” says Dave Krupa, ROMP’s founder and executive director. “Even though our Cotopaxi climb is not happening this year, we still climb and will continue to climb for our patients.”

The climbing team has raised nearly $40,000 so far for ROMP patients, with the goal to raise $100,000 to help amputees get access to high-quality prosthetic care through ROMP’s programs and clinics. Since its founding in 2005, ROMP has funded prosthetic devices for more than 3,800 patients in the United States, Central America and South America.

Support the effort at https://give.rompglobal.org/give/276722/#!/donation/checkout.
More information at https://www.rompglobal.org/westillclimb/.

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