I thought I knew what I was getting into with the hike two years ago, but little did I know how lifechanging it would be. From seeing all the excited faces taking on the challenge, to making new friends and sharing stories of what was driving us to do this, to plugging away for 28 miles which never seemed to end, to that refreshing beer and shower after it was over..... it was an amazing journey. What was more meaningful about the event for me was that, for the first time, I shared my brother's wish story. Not to just one person, but to ~150 complete strangers. To hear it directly from a wish family how their fundraising truly does matter and to show true appreciation for what they and Make a Wish were doing. It was unbelievable to have that chance. That next morning and for weeks after, I felt a pretty big void after this significant goal was finally met.... almost a bit of depression that it was over. I knew I needed to fill that void again.... I just didn't know when.
Now is that time. 2020... a new decade, and another opportunity to help a critically ill child. I am really excited to take on this year’s Trailblaze Challenge again with, Rob. In addition to the physical challenge, I have committed to raise money for Make-A-Wish to help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish grants thousands of unique wishes each year, but they only reach about 50% of eligible kids. I’m fundraising so even more deserving kids and their families can know the happiness, relief and renewal a wish can bring like our family was fortunate to see. With your help I know we can hit our goal of raising $6000, the average cost of one wish.