If you are reading this, I have officially stepped out of my comfort zone and committed to take on this year's Make-A-Wish TrailBlaze Challenge. The TrailBlaze Challenge is a one day, 28 mile hike on the Pacific Crest Trail in the mountains above Lake Big Bear on May 9, 2020.
In addition to the physical challenge of hiking this distance (which is definitely out of my comfort zone), it is necessary for me to raise money (way, way out of my comfort zone) for Make-A-Wish, which will help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. I'm hoping that with your help, it's possible.
Wish kids are some of the bravest kids you'll ever know. They have wished to see Yosemite, go snorkeling, or become a super hero. Recently, one boy, after concluding medical treatment in a Los Angeles area hospital, wished to deliver a toy to every child that remained behind.
As a mother of a recent college graduate, not a day goes by that I don't feel grateful that my son's childhood experience included all the"normal" youth experiences. Contrary, the lifestyle of a family with a critically ill child is literally thrown off it's axis and into an unknown and frightening realm. After a critical diagnosis, families land in a new reality that is WAY out of their comfort zone. Thinking of this makes my discomfort, mentioned earlier, seem very safe and very, very insignificant.
I have emptied my extra pocket change savings bucket of over 20 years and started my fund with over $500 in loose change. It is a good start but I have a ways to go. With your help, more deserving kids and their families can know the happiness, relief, and renewal that a wish can bring. Thank you for your support! Donna