NICOLE CAPPER (AUSTIN)

He r Sur v i v or SA a dv e nt ur e c a me a bout a s a r e s ul t of
he r r e a l i s i ng g oa l s s he ne v e r i ma g i ne d s he ha d t he
c our a g e t o a c hi e v e .

At s i x we e ks ol d he r da ug ht e r wa s di a g nos e d wi t h a
l i f e – l i mi t i ng r a r e di s e a s e , Cy s t i c Fi br os i s . Thi s wa s a
ma j or c a t a l y s t f or c ha ng e i n he r l i f e , a nd l e d he r t o
e nt e r a nd s ubs e que nt l y wi n t he Mr s Sout h Af r i c a
c ompe t i t i on.

As a n a dv oc a t e f or wome nā€™ s r i g ht s , Ni c ol e be l i e v e s
s he ha d a c hoi c e : t o a l l ow a di s e a s e t o s t e a l he r
pur pos e , us i ng i t a s a n e x c us e f or c ompl a c e nc y ; or t o
c ons c i ous l y g o a f t e r he r dr e a ms de s pi t e i t , a nd i n s o
doi ng , s how he r c hi l dr e n t ha t not hi ng c a n hol d t he m
ba c k f r om a c hi e v i ng t he i r g oa l s .

Wi t h a pa s s i on f or he a l t h a nd pr e v e nt a t i v e me di c i ne ,
Ni c ol e us e s he r mobi l i t y a nd f i t ne s s t o r a i s e
a wa r e ne s s f or t hos e wi t hout f ul l he a l t h, by
pa r t i c i pa t i ng i n mount a i n c l i mbs , s por t i ng e v e nt s a nd
out door a dv e nt ur e s a l l ov e r t he wor l d ā€“ wi t h he r
i nt e nt i on t o l i be r a t e c our a g e i n ot he r s t o do t he s a me .

Ni c ol e c o- f ounde d Upr i s i ng ā€“ a n or g a ni s a t i on t ha t
t a ke s ot he r s on t r a ns f or ma t i ona l j our ne y s , a l l t he
whi l e r a i s i ng f unds a nd a wa r e ne s s f or c hi l dr e n wi t h
r a r e di s e a s e s . Ni c ol e wa nt s ot he r s t o be l i e v e t he y c a n
g o on br a v e a dv e nt ur e s t oo. Thr oug h t he s e j our ne y s
s he he l ps f e l l ow e x pl or e r s f i nd t he i r s t r e ng t hs ,
c e l e br a t e t he m a nd r e a l i s e t he i r f ul l pot e nt i a l . Ni c ol e
l i v e s t o c e l e br a t e f r e e dom, a ut he nt i c i t y