Charleston Native to take on the Seven Summits

October 21, 2019, 1:03 pm EST | Share:

CHARLESTON, SC- (WTAT-TV) – BROOKE SCHWIETERS– This season alone, 11 people have died while attempting to climb Mount Everest, yet one Charleston woman is still planning to take the risk. Cokie Berenyi’s decision to make the climb came after receiving the news that her friend was diagnosed with cancer. Berenyi asked herself, “What would my perfect day be? Where would I be, and who would I be with?” Growing up in the Lowcountry, Cokie had never been far above sea level, much less climbed a mountain in her life. Her journey for the climb began one summit at a time hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, Denali, Elbrus, and Aconcagua over the past 16 years. The motivation behind climbing the Seven Summits in 2020 stems from her desire to influence women to get their yearly mammograms. “…the problem is that when you skip these appointments and don’t put yourself first, you get diagnosed at stage two, three or four”, Berenyi reminds women.

FOX24 correspondent Brooke Schwieters has more about her campaign, Everyday Everest, and the two goals she hopes to accomplish with this movment. “When Everest takes lives, I would like to say the Everyday Everest Campaign gives life,” says Berenyi.

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