Climbing the world's highest trekking-peak is a feat that many wouldn't dare try - let alone accomplish - but one local man is taking on the challenge in an effort to raise money for victims a half a world away.
We have all seen videos of children in need asking for donations to help people across the world; Marc Mauer is literally taking steps to spread awareness about a serious problem.
"I just couldn't sit here and do nothing, I had to get involved", said Mauer.
Getting involved was step one, but over 21 thousand steps more and Marc will be at the summit of Mera Peak in Nepal. It's a challenge Marc says is more than just the physical effort it's to help shed light on the plight of the victims in Nepal.
It's so hard to grasp but those victims are mostly teen-age girls abducted from their homes and sold into sex trades across India and China, eventually used and then left in streets of Katmandu Nepal. That is where Marc and Beyond the Giant, a Christian charitable organization in the western slope, reach out.
“To reach the women and be able to give them a safe house, education, health care, and a number of other things that get them out of that life style and give them something healthier", said Mauer.
They don't combat the cause alone; Beyond the Giant works with a group in Nepal named the Mukti organization. Who work around the clock to care for the victims.
"The women in Nepal have just gone through so much suffering and turmoil in their lives", said Nancy, member of the Mukti Organization.
Every dollar matters, the money helps bring a new vision to the victims.
“The money raised really does change lives, for the orphanage it's about 2 dollars a day per child that is necessary for their education, housing, food. It’s about 5 dollars a day to take care of each woman", said Mauer.
Marc is leaving next week for Nepal to join in the efforts to help the victims of human trafficking. He will make the trek for the summit of Mera Peak on October 16th.Marc will be trekking up the mountain alone; he says it will take up to 8 days.