“The air was already thin. It made it even more difficult to breathe when I started to cry.”
Her brother took her arm to support her, and together, they walked the remaining 50 yards to the summit. They called their parents from a satellite phone.
Their father chronicled the moment on his blog, writing, “At 12:12 am. EDT via satellite phone one of the most welcomed sounds we have heard in a long time! ‘We are on the top!’ It was wonderful to hear their voices from half a world away.”
The trip brought the already close family even closer together.
“He was really touched by it,” Chris said. “I think for him it was like a grand gesture. My sister was the one who raised all the money. That showed my dad how much we care and how much this community cares.”
This story was excerpted from the original, which appeared in the October 2015 edition of The POST.