2024 Trailblaze Challenge - San Diego, CA

64° and Sunny Hikers

Update 5/1/24 - One Month Till The Big Hike!

This past weekend, we completed training hike #13 Noble Canyon 21.1 Miles. This was the longest training hike scheduled and the longest hike any of our team members have ever completed. We know we are ready for our 28 miles and we can do it!

We are so thankful for our family members who have managed things while we are gone for these long training days. We continue to be so grateful for all of the support and encouragement of everyone and all of the donations. Our team has raised over $13,000 so far and, as a group, all of the Trailblazers have raised over $670,000 to grant wishes!

JUST ONE MORE…
One more wish,
One more mile,
One more dollar,
One more step,
One more donation,
One more hill,
One more Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge!

Laurie, Renee, Angela, Amy, and Kristine


Update 4/7/24 

We met our Team Goal today and then blasted right past it! 

Training Hike #10 was yesterday - a fun day hiking in the snow for 4 of our team members. I (Laurie) didn't do this hike to give my knee a rest. But it looked amazing and our team ROCKED IT!

Then we got our final $26 to meet our team goal of $12,500. And right after that, Renee got a generous donation that met her personal goal and pushed the team right up to $12,625! We are SOO thankful for the support and encouragement of everyone who is helping us on this journey. Please know that you are making a huge difference in the lives of so many kids.

We have 8 more weeks of training to be ready for this hike and we will continue to raise funds to help grant wishes! Thank you all for your support! 

Laurie, Renee, Angela, Amy and Kristine

Update 3/23/24

Training hike #8 complete today! 12 miles on the PCT with about 100 of our new friends all here for Make-A-Wish! We are honored by the support from our friends and family and thrilled we can help make wishes come true! As of today, our team is $810 from our goal. We would love any donations, big or small to help us reach that goal. We won't stop there, as we want to help grant as many wishes as possible, but we are working to reach this amazing accomplishment with all of your support! (New team photo from Training hike #8)


Update 3/14/24
We are so excited to have passed $10,000 raised today! (The online system came back up and new donations were able to process.)

We are blown away by the generosity of our friends and family! A big shout out to our work out family at Trainer Jane's. You all inspire us to keep doing hard things and we thank you for your donations. Thank you to all who are helping to make wishes come true! 

Some facts from the Make-A-Wish website:

★ Wishes lead to increased joy and happiness for wish children, parents, and siblings.
★ Wish families described increased resilience and self-reliance during the wish journey.
★ Wishes create room for new hope, and motivation to achieve goals.
★ Wishes provide a welcome distraction from the child’s illness and treatment.
★ Wishes facilitate a sense of family togetherness and normalcy.



Update 2/17/24

Halfway there! We are so excited to reach the halfway mark for our team fundraising just a month into our 4 month training and fundraising challenge. We just completed our 3rd training hike at Mother Miguel Mountain Trail down in Chula Vista. We left at 5:30am to join about 100 other Make-A-Wish Trailblaze hikers to complete this trail and continue improving our skills and stamina. 

Each week we hear from Suzanne Husby, the CEO of Make-A-Wish San Diego, who shares with us the story of a Wish recipient and how our fundraising and support are helping kids in San Diego. She hikes along with us each week - what other CEO does that?! 

We also get to learn from amazing Trail Leaders, volunteers who pre-plan and check out the hikes ahead of our training. They get there early to set up, check us in, give us amazing tips throughout the hike, and make sure no one gets left behind!

Thank you for supporting our team challenge and making wishes come true for critically ill kids!

Love, Team 64 and Sunny

Laurie, Angela, Renee, Amy, and Kristine


Challenge Accepted - January 22, 2024

Last year we started hiking together and challenged ourselves to hike the highest peaks in San Diego County. We were able to choose nice, cool, sunny days to complete our hikes (Team 64° and Sunny). 

This year, we are thrilled to take on the Trailblaze Challenge. The day will begin before sunrise in 20-40° temps, and we will hike the 28 miles on Pacific Crest Trail in one day no matter what the weather may bring. We will be there for the kids.

In addition to the physical challenge, we have committed ourselves to raising the essential funds necessary for Make-A-Wish to help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. A wish is something that gives kids the opportunity to look outside their illness — it restores a sense of childhood back to the child and normalcy back to the family.

Make-A-Wish grants thousands of unique wishes each year. A lot, yes. But that’s only 50% of eligible kids, and now more than ever every child needs something positive to look forward to. We’re fundraising so more deserving kids and their families may know the true happiness, relief and renewal a wish can bring. 

Please help us support this impactful mission by joining us on the trail or helping us hit our Trailblaze Challenge fundraising goal.  Thank you for your support!

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GOAL REACHED!

Raised:

$14,251.45

Goal:

$12,500.00

Our Activity

We've Achieved

Our Goal Is

Team Donors:

TOP TEAMS
Brown Family Chem-Dry
$1,050
Fish Market Restaurants
$599
Plush Peeps
$415
Regal Seagull
$315
Ms. Kristine Manaktala
$300
Angela Mccaskey
$270
Veritas Technologies Matching Gift
$265
Frumkes Family
$262
We love you the HayJohn🔥
$262
Michael Egan
$262
Anonymous
$250
Peeps Donations - Tnaks SHEs!
$215
Angela Mccaskey
$200
San Elijo Hills Women's Club
Angela & Amy
$165
Jamie Fritz
$157
Mary Elliott
$115
Joe Mack
$110
Justin + Melissa
$105
Jessica Siben
$105
Trainer Jane
$105
Kayla and Sami - go mamma!
$105
Susie Morgan
Anonymous
Anonymous
$105
Pam Zeman
$105
auntie and uncle ... hugs
$105
Terri & Jim
$105
The Burtners
Keely Burns
$105
Jennifer Ellis
$105
Kate and Ella
$105
Rocio Martinez
$105
Laura S.
$105
Amy Fox
$105
Amy M
Mom Runge
$105
Bonnle Kralovec
$105
Debbie & Dave
$105
McKone Family ( Memory of JBV 9/15/2000-3/6/2020)
$105
Pierre Doche
$105
SWYC Poker Posse's (Mike)
$105
Elisabeth Heath
$105
Dana DeLaurentis
$105
Laurie Mandour
$102
Thomas Hargrove
$100
Janaya McBride
$100
Tim and Pam Lindamood
$100
Beef Jerky (Mike)
$100
Renee Hill
$100
Laurie Anastasio
$100
Stephanie Cowan
$100
Amy Rhodes
$100
Kristine Manaktala
$100
Loida and Bill
$100
Harrick Girls
$100
Peeps!
$90
Michelle Murray
$85
Lynne Himelstein
$78
Danielle Desrosiers
$78
Mike and Dari Lopez
$75
Anonymous
$75
Cheryl
$63
Christine Newell
$63
3rd grade team
$63
Helen McCarthy
$55
Glenn and Diane Fly
$52
Anonymous
$52
The Mosca Family
Joan Sisneros
$52
Joni Stabile
$52
Cynthia Roush
$52
Anonymous
$52
Everly Archer
$52
Anonymous
Marla Rosenthal
$52
Gretchen Jackson
$52
Dominick and Ronda Gagliano
$52
Wendy S
$52
Jason and Kendra
$52
Sweet Memories Bake Shop
$52
Nora V
$52
Avery Barone
$52
Anonymous
$52
Gus and Milo
$52
Leighann Timbs
$52
Eric Huizar
$52
Kim Horn
$52
Amy Rhodes
$52
Carol and Fred
$52
The Appel Family
$52
Tina, Bill, & Xavier
$52
Emily & Jeff Mullin
$52
love Shelly & Chris
$52
Robyn Ellis
Glen D. Jaffe
$50
Kristy Bell
$50
Jessica Juillerat
$50
Tamara Miller
$50
Hazel and Margot
$50

Team Roster

GOAL REACHED!

Raised:

$14,251.45

Goal:

$12,500.00

Our Activity

I've Achieved

My Goal Is

*Gifts made through this fundraising campaign are a gift to the entire Make-A-Wish mission. The needs shown are symbolic of the common wish elements associated with each wish and are only representative of our many wish-granting activities. Gifts made will not actually be used to purchase the item or grant the wish described. All gifts will be pooled to meet the needs of Make-A-Wish.

Team Roster

Team Donors:

TOP TEAMS
Brown Family Chem-Dry
$1,050
Fish Market Restaurants
$599
Plush Peeps
$415
Regal Seagull
$315
Ms. Kristine Manaktala
$300
Angela Mccaskey
$270
Veritas Technologies Matching Gift
$265
Frumkes Family
$262
We love you the HayJohn🔥
$262
Michael Egan
$262
Anonymous
$250
Peeps Donations - Tnaks SHEs!
$215
Angela Mccaskey
$200
San Elijo Hills Women's Club
Angela & Amy
$165
Jamie Fritz
$157
Mary Elliott
$115
Joe Mack
$110
Justin + Melissa
$105
Jessica Siben
$105
Trainer Jane
$105
Kayla and Sami - go mamma!
$105
Susie Morgan
Anonymous
Anonymous
$105
Pam Zeman
$105
auntie and uncle ... hugs
$105
Terri & Jim
$105
The Burtners
Keely Burns
$105
Jennifer Ellis
$105
Kate and Ella
$105
Rocio Martinez
$105
Laura S.
$105
Amy Fox
$105
Amy M
Mom Runge
$105
Bonnle Kralovec
$105
Debbie & Dave
$105
McKone Family ( Memory of JBV 9/15/2000-3/6/2020)
$105
Pierre Doche
$105
SWYC Poker Posse's (Mike)
$105
Elisabeth Heath
$105
Dana DeLaurentis
$105
Laurie Mandour
$102
Thomas Hargrove
$100
Janaya McBride
$100
Tim and Pam Lindamood
$100
Beef Jerky (Mike)
$100
Renee Hill
$100
Laurie Anastasio
$100
Stephanie Cowan
$100
Amy Rhodes
$100
Kristine Manaktala
$100
Loida and Bill
$100
Harrick Girls
$100
Peeps!
$90
Michelle Murray
$85
Lynne Himelstein
$78
Danielle Desrosiers
$78
Mike and Dari Lopez
$75
Anonymous
$75
Cheryl
$63
Christine Newell
$63
3rd grade team
$63
Helen McCarthy
$55
Glenn and Diane Fly
$52
Anonymous
$52
The Mosca Family
Joan Sisneros
$52
Joni Stabile
$52
Cynthia Roush
$52
Anonymous
$52
Everly Archer
$52
Anonymous
Marla Rosenthal
$52
Gretchen Jackson
$52
Dominick and Ronda Gagliano
$52
Wendy S
$52
Jason and Kendra
$52
Sweet Memories Bake Shop
$52
Nora V
$52
Avery Barone
$52
Anonymous
$52
Gus and Milo
$52
Leighann Timbs
$52
Eric Huizar
$52
Kim Horn
$52
Amy Rhodes
$52
Carol and Fred
$52
The Appel Family
$52
Tina, Bill, & Xavier
$52
Emily & Jeff Mullin
$52
love Shelly & Chris
$52
Robyn Ellis
Glen D. Jaffe
$50
Kristy Bell
$50
Jessica Juillerat
$50
Tamara Miller
$50
Hazel and Margot
$50

2024 Trailblaze Challenge - San Diego, CA

64° and Sunny Hikers

Update 5/1/24 - One Month Till The Big Hike!

This past weekend, we completed training hike #13 Noble Canyon 21.1 Miles. This was the longest training hike scheduled and the longest hike any of our team members have ever completed. We know we are ready for our 28 miles and we can do it!

We are so thankful for our family members who have managed things while we are gone for these long training days. We continue to be so grateful for all of the support and encouragement of everyone and all of the donations. Our team has raised over $13,000 so far and, as a group, all of the Trailblazers have raised over $670,000 to grant wishes!

JUST ONE MORE…
One more wish,
One more mile,
One more dollar,
One more step,
One more donation,
One more hill,
One more Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge!

Laurie, Renee, Angela, Amy, and Kristine


Update 4/7/24 

We met our Team Goal today and then blasted right past it! 

Training Hike #10 was yesterday - a fun day hiking in the snow for 4 of our team members. I (Laurie) didn't do this hike to give my knee a rest. But it looked amazing and our team ROCKED IT!

Then we got our final $26 to meet our team goal of $12,500. And right after that, Renee got a generous donation that met her personal goal and pushed the team right up to $12,625! We are SOO thankful for the support and encouragement of everyone who is helping us on this journey. Please know that you are making a huge difference in the lives of so many kids.

We have 8 more weeks of training to be ready for this hike and we will continue to raise funds to help grant wishes! Thank you all for your support! 

Laurie, Renee, Angela, Amy and Kristine

Update 3/23/24

Training hike #8 complete today! 12 miles on the PCT with about 100 of our new friends all here for Make-A-Wish! We are honored by the support from our friends and family and thrilled we can help make wishes come true! As of today, our team is $810 from our goal. We would love any donations, big or small to help us reach that goal. We won't stop there, as we want to help grant as many wishes as possible, but we are working to reach this amazing accomplishment with all of your support! (New team photo from Training hike #8)


Update 3/14/24
We are so excited to have passed $10,000 raised today! (The online system came back up and new donations were able to process.)

We are blown away by the generosity of our friends and family! A big shout out to our work out family at Trainer Jane's. You all inspire us to keep doing hard things and we thank you for your donations. Thank you to all who are helping to make wishes come true! 

Some facts from the Make-A-Wish website:

★ Wishes lead to increased joy and happiness for wish children, parents, and siblings.
★ Wish families described increased resilience and self-reliance during the wish journey.
★ Wishes create room for new hope, and motivation to achieve goals.
★ Wishes provide a welcome distraction from the child’s illness and treatment.
★ Wishes facilitate a sense of family togetherness and normalcy.



Update 2/17/24

Halfway there! We are so excited to reach the halfway mark for our team fundraising just a month into our 4 month training and fundraising challenge. We just completed our 3rd training hike at Mother Miguel Mountain Trail down in Chula Vista. We left at 5:30am to join about 100 other Make-A-Wish Trailblaze hikers to complete this trail and continue improving our skills and stamina. 

Each week we hear from Suzanne Husby, the CEO of Make-A-Wish San Diego, who shares with us the story of a Wish recipient and how our fundraising and support are helping kids in San Diego. She hikes along with us each week - what other CEO does that?! 

We also get to learn from amazing Trail Leaders, volunteers who pre-plan and check out the hikes ahead of our training. They get there early to set up, check us in, give us amazing tips throughout the hike, and make sure no one gets left behind!

Thank you for supporting our team challenge and making wishes come true for critically ill kids!

Love, Team 64 and Sunny

Laurie, Angela, Renee, Amy, and Kristine


Challenge Accepted - January 22, 2024

Last year we started hiking together and challenged ourselves to hike the highest peaks in San Diego County. We were able to choose nice, cool, sunny days to complete our hikes (Team 64° and Sunny). 

This year, we are thrilled to take on the Trailblaze Challenge. The day will begin before sunrise in 20-40° temps, and we will hike the 28 miles on Pacific Crest Trail in one day no matter what the weather may bring. We will be there for the kids.

In addition to the physical challenge, we have committed ourselves to raising the essential funds necessary for Make-A-Wish to help grant the wishes of children with critical illnesses. A wish is something that gives kids the opportunity to look outside their illness — it restores a sense of childhood back to the child and normalcy back to the family.

Make-A-Wish grants thousands of unique wishes each year. A lot, yes. But that’s only 50% of eligible kids, and now more than ever every child needs something positive to look forward to. We’re fundraising so more deserving kids and their families may know the true happiness, relief and renewal a wish can bring. 

Please help us support this impactful mission by joining us on the trail or helping us hit our Trailblaze Challenge fundraising goal.  Thank you for your support!

View More