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Encouraging Higher Aspirations

Wendy Booker ascends beyond multiple sclerosis to record peaks

When Wendy Booker, a 60-year-old suburban mom, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis 12 years ago, she threw herself a "pity party," then quickly moved on: She began running marathons and mountain-climbing. In April 2011, Booker became the first person with MS to reach the North Pole — the first stop in her Polar Trilogy attempt, with the South Pole and Greenland next. But Booker's biggest quest is to motivate others facing challenges.

My Generation's Jon Crane follows her journey to the top of the world.

Also of interest: Fighting a chronic illness.