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Nick Talbot has Cystic Fibrosis, in spring this year he will attempt to climb Mount Everest, the first CF patient to do so.
I've decided to combine a passion with raising money and profile for CF. I have great parents who really put themselves out in many ways for myself and my sisters. They always encouraged me to do outdoor sports and spend time in the mountains. Over the years I have pushed myself and my boundaries to see what I could do and gradually got higher and higher, and in 2011 on the second attempt I summited the 6th highest mountain in the world — Cho Oyu. With the training and severe challenges which come at altitude this was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life, every step and breath was a challenge. Yet for me this was only for a month or so, the more serious sufferers of CF face this every day of their lives and ultimately have to hope for a lung transplant.
In April–May 2015, I will attempt to summit Everest to raise money and awareness for the CF Trust. This involves many months of intensive training and is as much a mental challenge as a physical one. I will also be taking 'Brandon the Lion' with me, hopefully as far as the summit. Brandon is a soft toy raising the profile of CF and travelling the world on journeys many children with CF can't go on.