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Tyler Armstrong, 8-Year-Old, Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro For A Cure

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Tyler Armstrong, 8, climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for Duchenne's, a form of muscular dystrophy. | Facebook: Top With Tyler

The Los Angeles area lays claim to a lot of impressive folks, from Oscar-winning actors to renowned writers. Now, there's one more resident that Angelenos can be proud of -- eight-year-old Tyler Armstrong.

Armstrong just reached the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Having reached the top of the mountain on Sunday, the Yorba Linda native is the second-youngest person to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, reports his website.

And here's the kicker: Armstrong did it all in order to raise money for medical research. His cause is Duchenne's, a form of muscular dystrophy. Armstrong became interested in helping to find a cure for the devastating disease after he met a boy who suffered from it. He decided to use his physical capabilities to help those who were not so able.

Armstrong already climbed California's Mount Whitney last year, setting the record for the youngest person to summit the mountain in a single day.

What's next? The 8-year-old is considering Argentina's Mount Aconcagua or Russia's Mount Elbrus, both of which are the tallest mountains on their respective continents.

And if you want to meet the mini-mountaineer, you can catch him speaking at several REI locations throughout LA.

Congrats, Tyler!

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