Chris Bombardier is a Colorado mountaineer who has accomplished a list of firsts in life, and one of those would be his summit of Mount Everest. What makes his accomplishment stand out is he did it with a rare, genetic bleeding disorder.
On May 22, 2017, Bombardier became the first person with hemophilia to summit Mount Everest, the tallest mountain in the world at 29,029 feet.
Hemophilia causes excessive steady bleeding into joints, muscles and tissue. Without the proper treatment, individuals may not live to see adulthood.
Bombardier, who has severe hemophilia B — a disorder caused by having a deficiency of factors IX, a clotting protein — replaces the factor himself by infusing into his body via IV treatments.
Bombardier set out on a mission to climb Everest and the Seven Summits to bring awareness to educate others on hemophilia. During his travels, a film crew followed his every move to produce “Bombardier Blood,” a documentary following his Everest climb and the Seven Summits all while he continues to fight for his hemophiliac brothers and sisters.
“Standing on the top of the world was a surreal experience,” Bombardier said. “I almost turned around before the South Summit, the knife edge ridge of rock and ice before the Hilary Step, but my climbing Sherpa told me: ‘You can do this. You have a mission and purpose, and you can make it.’ We went slowly and together through the section and once we reached the top of the Hillary Step, I knew I was going to make it and I started to cry a little. I couldn’t believe I was actually going to make it. When I finally saw the summit I thought about the flag in my pocket and how the guys with hemophilia in Nepal signed it. It made me think about how fortunate I was to be able to have the choice to climb and how this moment will hopefully bring attention to their need and maybe bring better care to people with hemophilia globally.”
The Colorado Premiere of “Bombardier Blood” is set to take place Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at UA Colorado Center Stadium 9 & IMAX.
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