First African American Woman In North, South Poles: MyFoxNY.com


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No challenge is too great for Barbara Hillary of Rockaway, Queens.

The 79-year-old has trekked to the North and South poles all the while overcoming lung and breast cancer. Her remarkable story does not end there.

Her most recent trip was to the South Pole in January. She flew to Chile and then to the South Pole, accompanied by a doctor. She stayed in the base camp for one week with a team of guides. She took day trips from base camp. She slept in a tent. Temperatures at night were 25 degrees below zero.

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