Hi friends, family, coworkers, reluctant acquitances who I haranged into checking out my fundraising page... THANK YOU FOR VISITING!
I'm ecstatic to be able to go through this amazing experience once again. TRUST when I say after crossing the finish line last year, I was not EVER planning to do something like this again. Saying I was exhausted was a complete understatement. I was emotionally and physically drained and past the point of carrying a conversation. Those who know me well understand what a rare occurance that really is. I completed my 28 miles, sat down and then immediately fell asleep... for an HOUR! It was only then that my body could somewhat start to regain normal function. Last year's hike was a true testament to pushing myself further than I ever thought I could and I didn't want to feel that again. I was about to relegate myself to returning to my content and comfortable state... until I met a wish family.
I had met this family before we set off on the hike, but meeting them after and seeing how appreciative they were to what we were physically and mentally enduring just to help them feel a sense of normalcy was overwhelming. I cried. They cried. A lot of us cried.
What I went through on the PCT was tough, but hearing their story is so much more difficult as you truly understand what these children endured.
Yes I was tired, cold, wet, achy, my backpack was cutting into me, my poncho wouldn't cooperate... but I knew I was going to be fine. I was going to make it, my temporary pain would go away, my body would heal itself and I would be okay.
That fact for me is an uncertainty for some families. But they keep fighting anyways and holding on to hope that one day they will reach the end of the treatment for whatever their daughter or son is enduring.
This is why I do what I do. I hike and you can help. I hope you can donate to my fundraising page to help those wish kids have something to look forward to after their scary hospital stays finally come to an end. Because Make-A-Wish shows kids that this is not the end, but only the begining and what better way to kick off a healthy new shot at life with some epic memories.
Help me make some awesome memories by donating today and helping the Make-A-Wish LA chapter.
Many thanks and much love to all you wonderfull human beings.
Also check out the video on my page to see clips from last years hike!