The Kirstie Ennis Foundation’s mission is to inspire individuals to stubbornly climb the mountain in front of them. We aim to show the world that we control our circumstances, they don’t control us. At The Kirstie Ennis Foundation, we:
– Provide education, opportunity, and healing in the outdoors through our recreational therapy clinics and expeditions
– Introduce new and recycled medical device technology to underserved communities around the world
– Partner with organizations with similar missions of improving the quality of life of individuals through mobility

Climbing for a Cause Initiative

The Seven Summits Project

May 27-June 18 2020

Denali (20, 310 ft), The Highest Point In North America

TBD December 2020

Mt. Vinson (Antartica) and the South Pole


  • August 2008


    Joined Marine Corps; Attached to units HMH 465, HMH 461, and HMH 362 as helicopter door gunner and airframes mechanic

  • January – August 2011

    Deployment to Afghanistan HMH 465/461


    January – August 2011

  • January – June 23, 2012


    Deployment to Afghanistan HMH 362; combat meritoriously promoted to Sergeant; injured June 23, 2012

  • May 2014

    Medically retired from Marine Corps


    May 2014

  • August – November 2015


    Walks 1,000 miles throughout England, Scotland, and Wales in honor of 25 Marines who are no longer with us; also to raise awareness for British non-profit, Walking with the Wounded

  • March 2017

    Summits Kilimanjaro (19,341 ft., highest point in Africa) while supporting non-profit, The Waterboys


    March 2017

  • July 2017


    Summits Carstenzs (16,030 ft., highest point in Oceania) with non-profit The Heroes Project

  • November 2017

    Completes Everest Base Camp trek to collect logistics for summit attempt in 2019


    November 2017

  • February 2018


    Summits Iliniza Norte (16,818 ft, located in Ecuador), Attempts Cotopaxi (19,347 ft, Ecuador)

  • June 2018

    Attempts Denali (20,310 ft, highest point in North America) in support of non-profit Building Homes for Heroes


    June 2018

  • September 2018


    Summits Elbrus, 18, 510 ft (located in Russia, highest point in Europe) in support of non-profit GLAM4GOOD

  • February 2019

    Summits Aconcagua, 22,841 ft (the highest point in South America) in support of non-profit MVP


    February 2019

  • May 2019


    Attempts Mt. Everest; Makes it to the South Summit in support of non-profits Warfighter Made and Center for Disabled Children’s Assistance

  • September 2019

    Summits Cotopaxi, 19,347 ft, in support of non-profit Range of Motion Project


    September 2019



As of 1/1/2020


Individuals Supported Through Our Programming


Organizations Supported Through Our Grants


Funding Distributed Through Grants

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