Injured veteran who climbed Kilimanjaro and Vinson shares story of facing 'dark hole'
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WATCH: After being wounded in Afghanistan, retired Cpl. Kionte Storey tells others they should never give up and anything is possible.

Marine Cpl. Kionte Storey and his unit were on patrol in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, when he stepped on an improvised explosive device in 2010.

He lost his right leg below the knee and suffered damage to his left leg. He told ABC News' David Muir on Tuesday that he experienced some dark days as he recuperated from his injuries.

Then one day, Storey said, he took a hard look at himself in the mirror and made a decision.

"I was going down a dark hole that I didn't want to go down," he said. "I just realized for me, it wasn't me ... I wanted to make that change."

Storey, 29, said he stopped taking his pain medication and got involved in sports, joining teams with other veterans. He said he focused on challenging himself physically and mentally.

"[It] kind of just went uphill from there," he said.

Comedians speak out at Stand Up for Heroes at Madison Square Garden

On Tuesday, Storey spoke at the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit, presented by the New York Comedy Festival and the Bob Woodruff Foundation. The foundation was created by Woodruff, the ABC news anchor injured in Iraq in 2006.

After speaking, Storey introduced Jon Stewart who was among the stars -- Trevor Noah, John Oliver and Hasan Minhaj also performed -- present at the night's gala.

Stewart told Muir Tuesday that the event was like a yearly get-together.

"You get to see people progress through their recovery ... You follow through their ups and downs and it becomes personal," he said.

Retired U.S. Marine Cpl. Kionte Storey talks to ABC News' David Muir at the annual Stand Up for Heroes benefit on Nov. 7. Storey lost his right leg below the knee and suffered damage to his left leg when he stepped on an IED while deployed in Afghanistan in 2010.

Since his injury and rehabilitation, Storey has run track in the Paralympics and completed the Marine Corps Marathon. This summer, he reached the top of Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, in collaboration with the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the #Give2Veterans campaign.

He told Muir that his biggest highlight since losing his leg, however, was reaching the summit of Mount Vinson in Antarctica in 2013.

"To realize why you're doing what you're doing and really understand that 'Why?' factor. ... [It] pushes you to keep going and never quit no matter what you're doing," Storey said.

The next Woodruff Foundation fundraising event, "Dine Out for Heroes," will be on Nov. 11 in New York City. Visit bobwoodrufffoundation.org for more information.

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