Emilia's Everest

The Lhotse Challenge

Every year, 150,000 Americans are diagnosed with Epilepsy which is a seizure disorder. Presently more than 3.4 million people in the U.S. have epilepsy (1 in 26 people). 3,000 people will die from Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP). We need to stop this!

My daughter Emilia is the 1 in 26 who have developed epilepsy – uncontrolled seizures, and we are hoping for a cure. Emilia has been dealing with epilepsy since she was 8 years old. Now at the age of 21 years old and a junior at the University of Arizona, her journey to overcome epilepsy and live her life to the fullest has been 10 times harder than anything I have ever done. Think about if you couldn't drive, play on the monkey bars, ride a bike or it challenged the way you learn in life or school. That is what life has been like for Emilia.

In early 2020, we raised over $29,029 (the summit of Mt. EVEREST) to build awareness for the National Epilepsy Foundation so they can find cures to this disorder that for many, seem unsurmountable.  

We are now partnering with Higher Ground to raise $27,940 which represents the height of Lhotse which is the 4th highest mountain in the world. Mark will be attempting Lhotse within 24 hours of summiting Mt Everest.

Higher Ground uses the principles of therapeutic recreation in a completely inclusive way.  HG has certified therapeutic recreation specialists on staff that have masses of specialized training and experience with a variety of conditions including epilepsy.

Please click this link to help Emilia overcome her EVEREST.

100% of the proceeds go to the Higher Ground.


Higher Ground's Mission

Using recreation, therapy, and continuing support to give people of all abilities a better life. Together, the bridge is narrowed between disability and belonging.

Waterboys is committed to giving back to the community through focused efforts around clean water, military appreciation, homelessness and youth in need.

Mark and his fellow Waterboys recently returned from climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and raising over $133k and building clean water wells.