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March 8, 2006

Book proceeds benefit deaf Corvallis climber

From: Corvallis Gazette Times, OR - Mar 8, 2006


Corvallis resident Miriam Richards has written a book about her pursuit to become the first deaf person ever to high point, or climb the highest peaks in all 50 states.

Richards has just one mountain left, Alaska’s Mount McKinley (Denali), and she is hoping to raise enough money from the pre-sale of her book to pay for the Denali trip in May.

Richards reached the top of Washington’s Mount Rainier in August, her 49th high point, despite recurring symptoms of multiple sclerosis.

Richards has been deaf since birth, and she was recently diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a disease of the central nervous system that can cause extreme fatigue and loss of muscle coordination.

With co-author Damara Paris, Richards has chronicled the stories behind each high point in a book, “High Point of Persistence: The Miriam Richards Story.”

By ordering the book by March 30, people can help Richards raise the money she needs for the Denali expedition.

Autographed paperback books are $14.97, plus $4.25 for shipping and handling; hardback books sell for $22.46, plus $7.25 for shipping and handling.

To order a copy, send your name, address and check or money orders to Paris Publications, P.O. Box 7193, Salem, OR 97303 or fax orders to 503-304-1961.

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