No stopping disabled French from his dream
by FFE EU News staff
‘I hope my action will inspire others living with this illness. I hope many more will follow in my footsteps.’
This is what 55-year-old Marc Kopp said after skydiving 10,000 metres above Mount Everest on Sunday morning with his friend and champion skydiver Mario Gervasi. Kopp is currently resting at the advice of doctors who are checking him for potential injuries in a hospital in Kathmandu, Nepal.
A native of Longwy in Paris, Kopp has suffered from multiple sclerosis (MS) since being diagnosed in 2001. Multiple sclerosis is a degenerative disease which affects the nervous system, disrupting the brain’s ability to communicate with the rest of the body. Sufferers may experience weakening muscles and may lose the ability to speak or walk.
Kopp, who runs a support group for fellow MS sufferers, had his friends and family’s support the whole time. They even helped him raise €26,000 for the trip.
The Parisian said he experienced pains on his left body during preparations for the jump. He had to trek the Himalayas by riding a horse, which took a toll on his spine as he was usually used a wheelchair. He remarked ‘There were many times in the last few days when I thought I wouldn’t be able to realise my dream.
‘[But] I feel very happy. I am exhausted but very happy.’