He’s a little boy with a big dream.
The 9-year-old Albuquerque boy is on a mission to break a world record for being the youngest child to climb the 50 highest peaks in all 50 states. Turner Liotta is already well on his way to breaking the record, one mountain peak at a time.
“I get to hang out with my family and look at nature and I think it’s just fun to climb and I enjoy it,” he said.
The current world record was set by a 12-year-old with his dad six years ago, so Turner has a couple more years to reach his goal.
Turner — with the help of his dad, David — has already conquered nine of them. He will be at 13 by the end of this week, 20 by the end of the summer.
They’re not just climbing to beat a world record. They’re also doing it to raise money for cancer research.
“We are raising money to climb,” David said. “Climbing is logistically heavy and also very expensive to do so we do have a goal set so anything after that goal will go directly to leukemia and lymphoma society.”
It’s something near and dear to David’s heart.
“Eighteen months ago roughly, I was diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, and I had always been an alpine climber before but never the larger summits,” he said. “But this just gave me the opportunity to spend more time with my family.”
David beat cancer, so now he can focus on what really matters: spending time with his son and his family