OXNARD, Calif. - Kyle Maynard didn't need a wheelchair ramp to get on stage to give his latest inspirational speech. Maynard crawled up and onto a leather chair where he proceeded to tell the story of how he crawled to the top of Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.
Maynard, 27, was born without his his lower limbs. His family never talked about what he couldn't do. His grandmother showed him how a simple handshake would put people at ease and remind them of how much they have in common.
Maynard was the keynote speaker at the 12th Annual Great Future For Kids Breakfast at the Residence Inn By Marriott River Ridge in Oxnard. The free breakfast serves a fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
Maynard captured the crowd's attention by sharing the importance of having supportive people around him as he accomplished his dream. He believes the Boys and Girls Clubs offers young people a place where they can overcome challenges and achieve their goals.
Maynard signed copied of his book "No Excuses," after the program.
His inspirational speaking tour heads to Las Vegas next.