Chris Shively Layne, paralyzed in 2016, summits Colorado's Mount Elbert
In 2016, Chris Shively Layne fell just seven steps into her hike in Clear Creek Canyon and tumbled 80 feet.
- Layne lost consciousness for a time and when she awoke, the lifelong athlete realized she could no longer move her legs. She was paralyzed from the waist down.
Yes, but: It didn't stop her from summiting mountains.
- Earlier this month, with the help of a one-wheel mobility device for narrow trails and a team of 51 volunteers, 53-year-old Layne climbed Mount Elbert, Colorado's highest peak at 14,438 feet.
What she's saying: "I got to be on top of the world again," Layne told the Summit Daily News.
The big picture: The opportunity came with help from the Lockwood Foundation, a Lakewood-based nonprofit that helps people with mobility issues explore the mountains.
- The organization recently helped hikers with cerebral palsy and Lou Gehrig's disease summit Mount Elbert.
The bottom line: "I thought I'd never hike again — never mind summit the highest peak in Colorado," Layne said.
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