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Another pair of Kilimanjaro missions

Mission Kilimanjaro will also carry the banner of support for wounded veterans and interact with local children.

Among the 11 climbers tackling Mount Kilimanjaro with Kyle Maynard are three military veterans: Staff Sgt. Sandra Ambotaite, an Iraq War veteran who was told she would never walk again after a motorcycle accident; Marine Chris Hadsall, who was wounded by a suicide bomber in Iraq in 2005; and Ryan Everett, a Navy SEAL previously deployed in Iraq.

Maynard's connection with those in the service runs deep.

At the age of 19 and still fresh to the constant travel involved in the motivational speaking business, Maynard was at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and down on his career choice, wondering if it was all worth it.

He spotted two men pointing at him, and went over to say hello. They turned out to be veterans, both with severe burns on their bodies from their truck being ambushed in Iraq.

They spent weeks in the hospital before ultimately making a suicide pact.

"On the day they made that decision they happened to see my story on HBO's 'Real Sports,'" Maynard said. "And they told me that's what made them stop."

The day before the group takes their first steps up Kilimanjaro, they will make a trip to the Mwereni Integrated School for the Blind in Moshi, Tanzania, where they will interact with children with disabilities. They'll also deliver $25,000 worth of medical supplies donated by K2 Summit Productions to the school.

"Just to be able to go and spend time loving on the kids and being able to do something with them," Maynard said, "I can't imagine a more empowering thing before we go out there and get on the mountain."