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11-year-old to make once in lifetime climb for his life

Posted February 6, 2014

— Charlie Ramquist is little boy battling a major disease, but he's about to make a huge climb.

A once in a lifetime climb.

Charlie, 11, has eosinophilic esophagitis, a condition that makes it almost impossible for him to eat normal foods.

A condition with no cure.

He has never had cake and ice cream for his birthday, nor any Halloween treats.

He can only eat nine foods: quinoa, tomatoes, honey, chicken, turkey, cucumbers, potatoes, sweet potatoes and carrots.

He also depends on a special nutritional beverage.

So what does Charlie do? He decides to climb Mount Kilimanjaro.

Charlie and his dad will climb Africa’s highest mountain this summer to bring awareness to the disease and raise money for research. He talked about the trip to his classmates at Ravenscroft School on Thursday.

Their journey is not only for hope, but to also bring a father and son closer together.

“I’m working a lot in Africa, but when I'm home I'm making sure that we exercise together, go hiking together, and just spending time together preparing for this journey,” said his father, Neil.

Charlie will be among 30 climbers making the trip, including five from North Carolina.

“I think it will be fun to meet other people with the disease and just be friends,” he said.


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  • Krimson Feb 7, 2014

    Don't forget your camera Charlie... We want to your pictures!

  • Obamacare rises again Feb 7, 2014

    So this is a 'do or die' climb? Confused.

  • Half Red Half Blue Feb 7, 2014

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    The problem is that you are thinking "lifetime climb for his life" as being just his physical health. This could also include mental and spiritual health as well.

    Good Luck Charlie! Make sure you send us some pics.

  • WinnieFan Feb 7, 2014

    Food allergies play a significant role in EE... I doubt the foods themselves have anything in common, other than that he's not allergic to them. I agree, it does sounds like a complete diet!

  • simplelogic Feb 7, 2014

    I wish all the best for the young man - I also wonder what those foods have in common to make them the only things he can eat. It's a limited list, but actually sounds like a pretty healthy and complete diet.

  • itsmyownopinion Feb 7, 2014

    I was wondering about fund-raising so I checked and found this:
    I'm wishing him all the best for the climb and for his life.

  • luvstoQ Feb 7, 2014

    I agree about headline! Has nothing to do with 'saving' his life.

    I admire his zeal in wanting to do this but question parent's judgement in encouraging an 11 year old child in such a strenuous quest. His endurance cannot be the greatest at that young age no matter how much he conditions himself.

    None the less, I hope they have a great journey together and stay safe. The best to them!

  • pappy1 Feb 7, 2014

    Odd headline.