On Monday, it was announced that former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis would be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Lewis, started to climb the 19,336 feet mountain on Wednesday and was hoping to raise money for clean water for kids in Africa. However, citing an injury to his foot and a fever, Lewis had to stop his climb.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Lewis’ injury was too severe and he could no longer continue the charity climb.
“Last night he had a bad night, fevered and really rough,” said Frank Gamble, during a video about the trip. “So, this morning when he woke up, the foot was killing him, years of injuries and all of that. So, we’re going to miss him.”
Despite the injury, Lewis will stay in Tanzania to help fit kids for hearing aids and provide clean water to those who need it.
“In the end, Ray’s decision was to let the team move on without him, rather than hold them back or put himself in a position where an injury which requires surgery could become even more complicated,” TackleKili said in a statement. “As always, his team backed his play. So while Ray refocused his service to this cause at a lower altitude, his team began the ascent on behalf of those in desperate need of clean water.”
Former Chicago Bears defensive tackle Tommie Harris is also a part of the group and is still participating in the climb.
Frank Gamble added that despite Ray Lewis’ injury, the group still has plenty of wonderful people making the climb.
“I just say goodbye to him and told him we love him. He made a significant contribution financially to provide safe water to people. Even though we’re not going to have Ray, we’re going to have plenty of wonderful people.”