Although Chad Jukes has enjoyed climbing since childhood, he became the second combat veteran climber using a prosthesis to summit Mt. Everest in May 2016.
Chad became a below the knee amputee when he was injured from a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq in 2006. Chad also has a Traumatic Brain Injury and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) as a result of that event. Chad's goal with the climb was to bring attention to the high suicide rate of veterans with PTSD.
Chad Jukes climbed Mt. Everest as part of The Heroes Project with US Expeditions and Explorations (www.usx.vet).
Taking the less-traveled northern route to the summit kept Chad in the so-called death zone at higher than 26,000 feet for longer than 24 hours where the human body can no longer acclimate and begins to decline.
NPC offers programs like the Outdoor Club and Veteran's Center to help keep the focus on people's abilities despite limitations.
For more information about Disability Awareness Month or free services available to students, contact NPC's Disability Resource Office, (800) 266-7845, ext. 6178.