Yes, I'm crazy. But aren't we all in our own little ways? :) 2018 was a rough year for me. I decided that 2019 was going to be better and I was craving taking on a BIG challenge. I want to make a difference in a big way. I want to contribute to something other than my day job or my little volunteer experiences here and there.
I have climbed many peaks and tackled intense terrain over the past 5 years, but never for a reason other than I enjoyed being out in nature (nature has been essential in my healing since losing my husband) and it is great exercise. I thought about what my passions are and decided to do something involving two things I love - hiking and kids! So I will be hiking 28 miles in one day (yes, one day)! The hike will be on the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail) in Big Bear, CA.
I am excited to take on this year’s Trailblaze Challenge. In addition to the physical challenge, I have committed myself to raising money for Make-A-Wish to help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. This is no small goal - I have to hike 28 miles in one day AND raise my goal of $3,500 FOR THE KIDS! But I'm not a quitter - so I will do this! Just like those kids with critical illnesses, I am resilient and I will reach my goal and make a difference for the lives of the local Make-a-Wish kids and their families. This can only happen with your help and support!
Make-A-Wish® is a wonderful organization and grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. A wish come true empowers children to fight harder against their illnesses. When they are granted a wish, they get more than just a great experience. That experience improves the quality of life for them and their entire family.
Wish kids are some of the bravest and sweetest kids you'll ever know. They wish to work in a pickle factory, become a superhero, go snorkeling, give their baseball team new uniforms, and push all of the buttons in a tall building's elevator. Their innocence and unexpected wisdom stays with you.
Make-A-Wish grants thousands of unique wishes each year. A lot, yes. But that’s only 50% of eligible kids. I’m fundraising so more deserving kids and their families can know the happiness, relief and renewal a wish can bring. I love this organization and what they do for the kids! After this event I am also hoping to volunteer my time to be a wish granter. The CEO of the Make-a-Wish San Diego chapter went on one of our training hikes with us (11 miles!) and I had a chance to speak with him. At that time (mid-March) there were 317 wishes in progress for local kids! Two weeks later he hiked with us again and that number was up to 325 wishes in progress!
Please help me support this great cause by helping me hit my Trailblaze Challenge fundraising goal. Thank you for your support, it means so much to myself, the kids, and their families!