In October 2015, I began working at Make-A-Wish Alabama as the organization's Director of Development & Marketing. Before my first week was over, I had attended my first wish reveal and met my first wish kid, Anna. Seeing the mission carried out in person profoundly affected me, and I drove home that day even more committed to raising funds and awareness to support the hope, strength, and joy that accompanies these life-changing wishes.
Nearly 3.5 years later, I've met dozens more wish kids and wish families, and their stories and courage continue to fuel my passion and inspire me to want to do more. This year, "doing more" is becoming even more personal, as I've embarked upon the Trailblaze Challenge journey. This program has been a game-changer for Make-A-Wish Alabama, and as much as I've enjoyed organizing and promoting this event for the last two years, I can't wait to be on the trails training and fundraising alongside my fellow hikers, many of whom have already become lifelong friends. So this year, I'll be training to hike 26.3 miles in one day and raising as much money as I can to help grant just one more wish--to help one more family get to experience the joy and respite a wish can give them.
I have been blessed with two beautiful and healthy daughters. This is no longer something I take for granted, and so this year I'll be hiking with gratitude for the health of my own children. And I'll be hiking in honor of and in memory of the many wish kids who have changed me forever. For Anna. For Bryce. For Suki. For Hayden. For Henrietta. For Charlie. For Ian. For William. For Erin. For Hannah. For Shelton. For Alyssa. For Ethan. For Khushi. For Analeigh. For Easton. For Katie. For all of the wish kids and families who regularly show more courage by breakfast than many of us will ever show in our lifetimes.
Please make a donation today and help me reach my personal fundraising goal this year for the Alabama Trailblaze Challenge. Together, we can grant just one more wish this year. Your support is so appreciated!!