I am again raising money for Make-A-Wish by taking on their Trailblaze Challenge. In this, I have committed to weekly hikes of increasing lengths culminating with a 26.3 mile hike in May on Alabama’s Pinhoti Trail and a 28.3 mile hike in June on the Foothills Trail in the Carolinas. But, this request for your financial support is not about me. It is all about the kids.
In my third year raising money for Make-A-Wish, I now truly understand the power of a wish. I have met many wish kids, have talked with numerous wish parents, and have spent time with adults that, when young, were wish kids themselves. I have even had the blessing of helping to grant wishes.
The process of planning for a wish and anticipating the wish lifts the spirits of tired children and their family. They have something to look forward to besides more appointments, tests, treatments, and surgeries. During the wish, the child becomes the source of fun for the family. Many wish parents have stated that smiles and laughter, absent far too long, return. Their appreciation is profound and sincere.
There have been studies that demonstrate the granting of a wish has, on average, impacted favorably the health of the child. This is the power of a renewed spirit - the power of a wish. This is why I hike 26 - 29 miles in a single day. This is why I ask for your support.
I ask that you please consider helping wish children and Make-A-Wish by donating $50, $100, $200, or any amount. Together, we can make a difference in the lives of critically ill children.