Man with Spina Bifida Scales Highest Peak in Northeast with Help of Friends and Family

Massachusetts Man with Spina Bifida Scales Mount Washington
Nick Capano
A.J. Capano

08/04/2015 AT 02:20 PM EDT

Nick Capano has been in a wheelchair his entire life due to spina bifida, a condition that affects the spine and is usually apparent at birth.

But that didn't stop the 26-year-old from climbing a mountain.

With the help of friends and family, Capano hiked Mount Washington (the highest peak in the Northeast) in New Hampshire at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday as a part of the Sunrise Ascent, a fundraiser for Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country and New England Disabled Sports.

The 30-person crew carried Capano (who supplied motivating music and enthusiasm) up eight miles of grueling terrain until they reached their final destination – the 6,288 ft. peak – at 9 a.m, according to Itemlive.com.

Man with Spina Bifida Scales Highest Peak in Northeast with Help of Friends and Family| Medical Conditions, Good Deeds, Real People Stories, Real Heroes

Nick Capano's team climbing Mount Washington

A.J. Capano

"Nick is the biggest blessing in my life in many ways. He opens my life up to these amazing opportunities. He’s always had this amazing attitude no matter what he’s going through medically. I knew that this was something we had to do, and to experience it with everyone was incredible," Capano's brother, A.J., told the news outlet.

Although it was an intense hike, Capano said his brother is always looking for a challenge.

Man with Spina Bifida Scales Highest Peak in Northeast with Help of Friends and Family| Medical Conditions, Good Deeds, Real People Stories, Real Heroes

Capano and his team

A.J. Capano

""He was able to see the top of Mount Washington," Capano told ItemLive.com. "Not many able-bodied people can say that for themselves, let alone a kid in a wheelchair."
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