According to NPR, one French man is whittling away at the things people with multiple sclerosis can't do. The 55-year-old man reportedly skydived onto Mount Everest this weekend. This feat makes him the first person with a disability to skydive onto the world's tallest mountain, according to Agence France-Presse.
Marc Kopp was diagnosed with primary progressive multiple sclerosis in 2001, a form of MS that doesn't have much chance of remission. He has gradually lost use the his right side, but that didn't stop him from accomplishing his goal. Though he usually gets around in a wheelchair, Kopp had to ride a horse and use a walking stick to reach the location of the aircraft before the fall.
However, Kopp didn't make this historic fall all by himself. He jumped with his friend Mario Gervasi, who happens to be an experienced skydiver. Gervasi originally planned the trip with French football star Zinedine Aidane. But when those plans fell through, Gervasi extended the invitation to Kopp, whom he met in July. Kopp accepted almost right away.
Of his jump, Kopp says, "I felt like I would send a message of hope. Even if you are sick, you are still alive."