KFC, Franchisees Back “Soldiers to Summits” Climber

  KFC, Franchisees Back “Soldiers to Summits” Climber

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- December 06, 2012

Disabled Army veteran Tommy Carroll is attempting to climb Mt. Cotopaxi, a
19,347-foot mountain in Ecuador, and when he reaches the summit, it won’t be
the first big challenge he’s overcome.

Tommy Carroll (pictured) will be part of a team of 12 injured veterans and
active-duty service perso ...

Tommy Carroll (pictured) will be part of a team of 12 injured veterans and
active-duty service personnel who will attempt to summit Mt. Cotopaxi, the
second-highest peak in Ecuador. The team is currently on the mountain and
their summit attempt is scheduled for Dec. 10. Carroll, 46, is an Army veteran
and above-knee amputee who is sponsored by KFC Corporation and the Association
of Kentucky Fried Chicken Franchisees (AKFCF). (Photo Credit: Didrick Johnck)

Carroll, 46, is an Army veteran and above-knee amputee whose summit attempt is
sponsored by KFC Corporation and the Association of Kentucky Fried Chicken
Franchisees (AKFCF). His expedition to the second-highest peak in Ecuador is
the culmination of a yearlong journey with Soldiers to Summits, a non-profit
program that helps veterans innovate through adversity and step up to lead and
serve others.

Carroll, who has lived in Boulder, Colo., for the past eight years, grew up in
Pennsylvania. He is a biomedical engineer who designs artificial limbs,
including his own prosthetic leg. He is also a rock climber, ski instructor
and road biker, as well as a mountaineer.

“Things end up happening and doors keep on opening and you make the choice to
go through them or not,” Carroll said. “With every step, I learn something new
about me. I challenge myself to reach for the unattainable, so that I can pass
on my experiences, hopes and dreams to others with disabilities.”

Carroll is part of a team of 12 injured veterans and active-duty service
personnel who will attempt to summit Mt. Cotopaxi. The team is currently on
the mountain and their summit attempt is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 10. The
Solders to Summits team includes members who have served in the Army, Marines,
Navy and National Guard, and they hail from nine different states. Their
injuries include Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain
Injury (TBI), as well as blindness, missing limbs and joint injuries.

“The AKFCF and KFC family are so proud to support Tommy on this expedition,”
said Larue Kohl, president of the AKFCF. “Tommy doesn’t have to climb a
mountain to inspire us, because the way he lives his life is inspirational
enough. We’re thrilled to be a small part of this amazing journey.”

Having successfully completed a final training climb in October, Carroll is
confident that he and his fellow veterans will successfully summit the nearly
20,000-foot-high mountain in Ecuador. But he is equally optimistic about other
disabled people achieving their own dreams.

“Whether that’s climbing a mountain or just getting up and going to work, I’m
a huge advocate of outdoor activities as rehab,” Carroll said. “I can’t thank
KFC enough for this. I hope that we can work together and really make big
changes, not only in the disabled world, but in the able-bodied world as
well.”

For the latest news on the Soldiers to Summits expedition, visit
http://blog.soldierstosummits.org/.

To leave a message of support for Tommy and the other climbers, visit
www.facebook.com/kfc.

To make a donation to support Soldiers to Summits, visit
https://nobarriers.fundraise.com/onedollar.

To visit Tommy’s web site, go to http://disabilityisachoice.com/.

For more information and photos of Tommy visit kfc.com/soldierstosummits.

About Soldiers to Summits

Soldiers to Summits (S2S) programs permanently impact lives by helping
disabled members of all military branches tackle personal challenges. In S2S,
mountains serve as both metaphor and training ground for stretching goals,
building world-class teams, innovating through adversity and stepping up to
lead and serve others. The program integrates with the rehab process and helps
soldiers restructure how they approach their past and future. Through the S2S
experience, veterans experience camaraderie and develop support systems they
can depend on. Soldiers to Summits is a program of No Barriers USA
(www.nobarriersusa.org), a nonprofit organization.

About KFC

KFC Corporation, based in Louisville, Ky., is the world's most popular chicken
restaurant chain specializing in Original Recipe^®, Extra Crispy^™, Kentucky
Grilled Chicken^® and Crispy Strips^® with home-style sides, Hot Wings, and
freshly made chicken sandwiches. There are more than 17,000 KFC outlets in
more than 115 countries and territories around the world. Each week, more than
13 million people visit a KFC restaurant in the United States. KFC Corporation
is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., Louisville, Ky. (NYSE: YUM). For more
information, visit www.kfc.com. Follow KFC on Facebook (www.facebook.com/KFC)
and Twitter (www.twitter.com/kfc_colonel).

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Contact:

KFC Corporation
Rick Maynard, 502-874-8100
Rick.Maynard@kfc.com
or
Melanie Buford, 212-805-8052
Melanie.Buford@emanatepr.com
or
David Shurna, 970-484-3633
Executive Director, No Barriers USA
dave@nobarriersusa.org
 
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