An Abilene Woman Climbs Mt. Kilimanjaro For a Big Cause

By Kimberly Sears |

Published 06/18 2014 06:35PM

Updated 06/18 2014 06:58PM

Bertha De La Garza came home last week after quite an adventure. She climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for a nonprofit Christian organization that she is a volunteer for called, International Sports Federation.

This is the organizations 20th anniversary and to celebrate it the CEO decided to climb the mountain with a group of people.

De La Garza says, that this is not something she would normally do but with her mother passing away last year she felt like this was something that could help with the grieving process.

De La Garza trained at D1 sports in Abilene. They had a machine that she used to help simulate the lack of oxygen there is due to the higher altitude.

Climbing more than 19,000 feet to the top, De La Garza says that the training definitely helped.

Each climber had to raised 10,000 dollars for the trip to donate to the organization. De La Garza raised a little bit more than that for the charity.

She says the climb was challenging but taught her a lot about herself. As she was more than 100 yards away from the top she thought she couldn't go any further.

But with the encouragement from others in the group she did make it to the top and hopes that her accomplishment will help her students strive to go further.

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