MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCBD) — Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa. It is also the highest free-standing mountain in the world.
But big mountains don’t scare a 12-year-old girl on a mission to find cures and fight stereotypes. News anchor Carolyn Murray shows us why Mackie Black is an Everyday Hero.
When many middle school students are just crawling out of bed, 12-year-old Mackie Black is already walking the Ravenel bridge.
“Sometimes I will walk the whole bridge. And sometimes I will do half”
The 8th-grade student walks from Mt Pleasant to Charleston carrying about 20 pounds of gear.
She is training to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2 weeks 2 weeks
“I am not sure how many miles it is but it is 19314 feet.’
She will be on a guided tour during the 5 days of winding trails that are too steep for most and too difficult for some to even pronounce.
“it is a word in Swahili. It is like mmmmmhaaaammm.”
The name of the trail is Machame. Mackie will climb it to raise money to support sheclimbs.Org. Sheclimbs is a locally based organization that helps women and girls around the world.
“She climb wants those girls to have amazing experiences”
Mackie is also going the distance for her 10-year-old brother Steven who was diagnosed with Duchene Muscular Dystrophy.
“it is a progressive muscle wasting disease.”
As Steven’s muscles become weaker, Mackie is more determined to help find a cure
“Sometimes I see my friends and they are like racing with their brothers and I can’t really do that with steven”
So half of the money she raises will go to sheclimbs.org and the rest of PPMD, Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy.
Mackie received a big boost to her fundraising campaign on “Thanksgiving Tuesday”. 100 gofundme projects were awarded $1000 each.
Mackie remembers when her mother told her she was picked.
“she ran to my room and was like Mackie guess what we just got pick for go fund me team we got $1,000.”
Mackie still needs to raise at least 5 thousand dollars to reach her goal. But as you can see she is on the right track.
“I am happy because I am doing something for a good cause and I am raising a lot of awareness”
For the GoFundMe account, visit: https://www.Gofundme.Com/mackies-mission.