Lori Schneider

Lori Schneider is an international speaker, mountaineer, author, teacher, and advocate for those living with neurological disorders and disabilities.

Lori became the first person with multiple sclerosis to summit Mt. Everest, on May 23, 2009. Lori is also the first with MS to complete the Seven Summits, scaling Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Elbrus, Mt. McKinley (Denali), Aconcagua, Vinson Massif, Mt. Kosciuszko, and Mt. Everest. Her story has been translated into more than 20 languages, giving hope and inspiration to people around the globe.


In 1999, at the age of forty-three, Lori awoke one morning with numbness in 50% of her body. Within two months, it had spread throughout her entire body. The doctors told her she had MS. When the crippling shock of the multiple sclerosis diagnosis wore off, Lori decided to accelerate her love of travel and mountains, and set out to climb the highest peak on each continent. With the highest peaks in Africa, Europe, South America, North America, Australia, Antarctica, and Asia completed, Lori became the first person in the world with MS to conquer the Seven Summits. Lori’s message reminds us that if we believe, we can achieve.

Lori Schneider and her organization, Empowerment Through Adventure, inspire others to take their own leap of faith, scaling life’s mountains and obstacles, and climbing beyond their own preconceived limitations.


Schneider, who lives in the USA, is a global advocate for all those living with neurological disorders and disabilities. She works with organizations including the World Health Organization, National MS Society, World MS Day organization, Multiple Sclerosis International Federation, and MS Societies around the world, to raise awareness and be a voice for those who cannot.


“My goal is to empower others to move beyond their limitations and live their dreams.”
- Lori Schneider, Mission Summit Ambassador Statement -

Lori Schneider Speaks

“I believe that when you are diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, you are given a unique opportunity. You are given the opportunity to find your inner strength, and use it to help guide the rest of your life. You can use that inner strength to help raise awareness of MS, to help raise funds for research, or to move beyond the mountains and obstacles you face each day.

Niels van Buren and the Mission Summit team are doing that on all levels. They are taking a difficult diagnosis and using it to strengthen all who live with this disease. I find the goal of Mission Summit inspirational, providing hope and encouragement for others to follow their own dreams and passions in life.

When I met Niels and the Kilimanjaro Mission Summit climbing team in 2011, I was inspired by their strength and determination. I support Niels, Jan Hein, and all who are helping them achieve their goal, as they continue on this journey of empowerment. My deepest congratulations on all your hard work and dedication. Thank you for all you are doing to support the global MS community.”

~Lori Schneider


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