Brookfield sisters prepare to climb one of the tallest mountains in the world
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BROOKFIELD - One of the world's tallest mountains will not stand in the way of two Brookfield sisters. Their mission to save others will take them all the way to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro.
Sisters, Abby and Katie Taylor are going the distance. Not just long distance (they Skype often while Abby is away studying at the University of Alabama). The sisters are about to embark on a once in a lifetime trip, very far away.
"Are you getting excited for the trip?" asks Katie.
"Yeah. 81 days!" shouts back an exuberant Abby over Skype.
Katie and Abby Taylor are climbers and dreamers. Katie's the oldest. Abby, the youngest.
"It's always been kind of a dream in the back of our mind," Abby explains.
Because when Abby comes home to Brookfield for winter break she'll be leaving again. This time with her sister.
"Abby and I can't wait to put a dot right here on Mt. Kilimanjaro," says Katie as she points to Tanzania on a world map.
"We were like well heck, Mt. Kilimanjaro is the tallest free standing mountain in the world, you know, might as well climb it!" says an unintimidated Abby.
No. These sisters aren't average by any means. They're beyond adventurous. And this time, they're climbing for a cause.
"So you know climbing a mountain and raising money for an orphanage it all just seemed to make sense in my mind," says Katie.
The Taylor sisters are raising thousands of dollars for the non-profit group, Make A Difference (MAD). It has an orphanage in Tanzania. Katie and Abby have their own fundraising website and a Facebook page. All of the money they raise will go to MAD. So far the girls have raised just shy of $3,000. Their goal is $8,500.
The sisters leave for their journey just days before Christmas. Katie says it will take them six days to climb up Mt. Kilimanjaro, one day to climb down, and then they will volunteer at the orphanage they are raising money for.
With the trip just months away, the girls are training, setting the incline on their treadmills as high as possible and doing very long wall sits.
"I try and do a five- minute wall sit every day," says Katie.
As part of their training, the sisters climbed three different mountains in Colorado, going as far as 14 thousand feet. However Mt. Kilimanjaro is another 5 thousand plus feet.
For now, Katie enjoys the comforts of her Brookfield back yard with her mom. A mom that couldn't be more proud of her girls who dream to change the world.
"It's fabulous to see seeds that you've planted grow bigger and greater than you ever could be," says Penny Taylor as she holds back happy tears.
Penny has played an active part in the girls fundraising efforts. Their next fundraiser is on Tuesday October 22, 2013 at the Pizzeria Piccola (7606 W. State St. Wauwatosa, Wisconsin) from 4:00-9:00 p.m.