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Oregon teen believed to be first with Down syndrome to climb Mt. Everest

BEND, OR (KPTV) -

An Oregon teen can now say he has tackled Mount Everest.

But there's more to Eli Reimer's journey than just that amazing accomplishment. Eli, 15, is believed to be the first person with Down syndrome to reach the base camp of the mountain.

The teen and his family hope the climb will inspire others and raise awareness about the abilities of children with disabilities.

The family is from Bend and they've shared the story and video of their 17,600-foot climb.

Justin Reimer, Eli's father, said when everyone was dragging, his son was leading the way.

They completed the climb last week and were able to celebrate the achievement on Thursday, which was World Down Syndrome Day.

The Reimers then returned to the U.S. from Nepal on Friday night and had quite a surprise waiting for them.

A crowd of supporters gathered at the Los Angeles International Airport to honor Eli.

The climb also served as a fundraiser for The Elisha Foundation, which the family formed in 2005.

The organization supports families of children with disabilities through free retreat programs and access to specialists and resources.

It also raises awareness of orphans with disabilities.

For more information, go to: www.theelishafoundation.org.

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