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Former News 8 Reporter to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for charity

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Former News 8 reporters never grow weary, they just climb higher and higher mountains. Gail Stewart will soon be climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for a charity founded by a close friend who died from cystic fibrosis.

"Matthew Joyce lived in Ocean Beach and this is where he surfed. He surfed here at Luscombs," Gail said. "He was the type of guy that loved everybody. He had this infectious love."

To honor her friend, who died at the age of 24 from cystic fibrosis, Gail is leaving next week to climb to the highest point in Africa -- Mount Kilimanjaro.

"Of course cystic fibrosis takes away the breath, and so climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to 19,340 feet is all about the breath too," she said.

In 2009, Gail and her sister climbed Mount Whitney at 14,000 feet. Gail is also a former News 8 reporter. Thirteen years ago, she worked on the News 8 I-Team.

During her Mount Kilimanjaro climb, Gail will be updating her Facebook page with a satellite phone and raising money for a local cystic fibrosis charity founded by her friend.

"It's a hideous disease. There's no cure for it yet, but the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation is working on a cure. So his legacy is to help other kids who are suffering, teenagers," Gail said.

Big Worm's Cystic Fibrosis Foundation uses the money to buy high-tech gifts for teenage cystic fibrosis patients at Children's Hospital.

"When I do summit, I want to unfurl the charity t-shirt, think of Matthew Joyce, tell him how much I love him, and tell him I'm up at the top of the world for him," Gail said.

News 8 will be following Gail during her climb up Mount Kilimanjaro, which begins Feb. 6.

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