5 Amazing People Who Haven't Let Age, Ability or Anything Else Get in the Way of Their Goals

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Sometimes, the higher you set your sights, the harder it is for anyone to stop you from reaching your goals.

The world is full of amazing stories in which people who’ve faced extraordinary setbacks rose up to achieve something incredible. Erik Weihenmayer became the first blind person to climb Mount Everest. At age 17, John Tartaglio had his athletic hopes dashed when he lost his legs and part of his arm to a muscle-eating bacteria. In 2009, he crossed the finish line at the New York City marathon. Celebrity chef Jeff Henderson went from a 19-year prison sentence to serving delicacies like foie gras.

Here, we’ve selected five of our favorite triumphs from the OWN archives.