Cindy Abbott finishes The Last Great Race

At her third attempt, Cindy Abbott has finished the Iditarod Last Great Race, a 1000 mile dog sled race through the Alaskan wilderness. The race took her over 13 days to complete.

Cindy is the first woman, and only the second person, to complete the race and climb Mount Everest. And all this while suffering from Wegener's Granulomatosis.

Cindy Abbott finishes the Iditarod while suffering from Wegener's Disease

Cindy Abbott finishes the Iditarod while suffering from Wegener's Disease

Cindy entered the race in 2013 and 2014, but had to scratch (pull out) before the finish due to personal injuries. In one race she carried on for almost 600 miles with a broken pelvis!

While training for her attempt on Mount Everest, Cindy was finally diagnosed with Wegener's Disease, although she had actually been suffering with it for 14 years. She went on to spend 54 days on the mountain and reach the summit.

It just goes to show that a Wegener's Disease diagnosis doesn't mean that your life is over - there is still adventure to be had!

If you would like to know more about Cindy, I wrote about her Ted talk in this blog post. You can also read more about the race on Knom Radio Mission.

Photo: Francesca Fenzi, KNOM