ABOUT THE PROJECT
Kathy Pico, an Ecuadorian native, lost her leg to cancer at age 38. Reassessing her life’s value, Kathy turned to alpinism. “I decided that if I had another opportunity, I wouldn’t waste it,” she said. “During the second chemotherapy, I decided to amputate my leg. This night I cried a lot. It pained me to lose a part of my body, but I decided that this was the last day I was going to cry for something I wasn’t going to have.” On July 29, 2017, Kathy attempted to summit Cayambe–Ecuador’s third tallest volcano at 18,996 feet–alongside Chad Jukes, a world-class mountaineer and wounded warrior, and the Range of Motion Project (ROMP), a nonprofit that provides high-quality prosthetic care in underserved populations. La Cumbre (The Summit) explores what it means to live as an amputee in the developing world and the power of pursuing things once believed impossible.
Range of Motion Project
Director / Second Camera / Writer
2017 Official Selection Adventure Film Festival
2017 Jonny Copp Foundation Award
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