Each breath taken on the summit of Mount Everest provides one-third of the oxygen that that same breath would provide at sea level. The perils of altitude sickness at this height debilitate even the healthiest of Mount Everest’s climbers. Each breath is precious every step an accomplishment and each day could be your last.
The struggle to breathe is a fight that these climbers will only know for a few weeks of their lives. For Cystic Fibrosis sufferers this fight happens not just on the world’s highest peak but every day in their own homes. This genetic disease affects the lungs and pancreas among other organs. Currently, the average life expectancy of a CF sufferer is 37 years-old, with the main cause of death being lung failure. This disease demands attention every day from those suffering from it even in the best of conditions.
Nick Talbot will put himself under extreme conditions for nearly two months; battling the altitude, the elements and his illness in order to accomplish his dreams of reaching the summit and raising awareness for Cystic Fibrosis. He climbs for everyone who cannot; particularly for those with CF who are too sick to achieve their goals. Furthermore, he will come to fully understand how the sickest people with CF live everyday. We hope that by sharing his story you may begin to understand too.
Meredith and the rest of the Breathing On Everest team hope that this film will raise awareness about Cystic Fibrosis and encourage others to pursue their dreams.