Trailblaze Challenge Update!!
Our kickoff was on Saturday and I got to meet a lot of my fellow hikers during our first training session: 4.1 miles at the North Carolina Arboretum. A lot of the people I met are marathon runners, triathletes, etc. I shared my weight loss story with them and they were all amazed and so sweet to congratulate me. I’m excited to share this experience with them!!
For those of you who don’t know, Andrew and I are embarking on a challenge this October: A 28.3 mile hike (in one day) through the Appalachian Foothills. The purpose of the hike is to symbolize the pain and suffering that children go through every day when battling life-threatening illnesses. Our hike is organized through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Make-A-Wish believes that “a wish experience can be a game-changer,” enriching the “human experience with hope, strength, and joy.” The charity has granted over 334,000 wishes since 1980. A child’s wish can be as simple as a new Xbox or as complex as wanting to be Batman for a day, fighting crime in the city.
In an effort to grant more wishes across Central & Western North Carolina, we are raising $5,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation as a part of our Challenge. I will post updates as we train for our Challenge, but it would mean the world to us (and a child) if you could share this page with friends and family and consider making a small donation to our cause. We have received donations as small as $5 and as large as $400 thus far (we also donated $100 each). We believe that a little bit can go a long way!
Thanks for listening and for having your hearts open. We have discovered how much more difficult the fundraising aspect of this Challenge is going to be (in comparison to the physical challenge), but I am hopeful that everyone has a little bit to give!
We currently have $760 out of the $5,000 we need by November! (We are waiting until the end of the month to deposit cash donations.) 15% of the way there only 3 weeks into our fundraiser!! Woo hoo!!
You can donate directly to the charity by going to our donation page. If you choose to make a donation, please make sure you include your Tumblr name along with it. I am pulling together my resources to get a fitness giveaway going by the end of this month and every dollar you donate will equal an entry into the raffle!! So far I have a Shakeology package collected for the grand prize winner, and I am trying to get together workout DVDs/equipment, t-shirts, water/shaker bottles, etc. to throw in there as well!
Please reblog and get the word out! I believe in the power of the Internet, it has done some pretty amazing things! Let’s give back and make the kiddos’ wishes come true!
P.S. Your donation is 100% tax deductible so it’s a win-win, right?