March 10, 2018 – (Honolulu, Hawaii)
- Make-A-Wish® Hawaii hosted its inaugural Trailblaze Challenge fundraiser on Saturday, March 10. Forty-three hikers participated in the 20-mile journey across Oahu’s Windward side, raising more than $51,000 to grant the wishes of Hawaii children with critical illnesses.
The Trailblaze Challenge Hawaii is a one-day endurance event designed to represent the journeys of wish children and their families. Make-A-Wish Hawaii is one of a number of Make-A-Wish chapters that hold the Trailblaze Challenge, with hikers across the country raising funds and pushing themselves physically to benefit children.
Participants prepared for the one-day event with weekly group training hikes, clinics, and support from experienced hike leaders and Make-A-Wish Hawaii staff.
In addition to their hiking goals, participants worked together to raise much-needed funds for local keiki battling critical illnesses.
“As a wish mom with a 9 year old son living with a life threatening condition, it fills my heart with so much love knowing there are individuals all over raising funds to give our keiki relief from the constant grind of hospitals, doctors and treatments. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s going to be worth it to see a child’s wish become a reality,” said Trailblazer Melissa Harper-Osai, whose son Kayle received a wish in 2014.
Make-A-Wish Hawaii would like to thank the participants, donors and volunteers who supported the event.
“We are so grateful for all the hard work our Trailblazers and volunteers put into this challenge both on and off the trail,” said Make-A-Wish Hawaii Director of Development Demetria Caston. “Their weeks of determined fundraising and training will have a life-changing impact on local children with critical illnesses.”
For more information about the Trailblaze Challenge, visit trailblazehawaii.com.
About Make-A-Wish® Hawaii
Make-A-Wish® Hawaii creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Headquartered in Honolulu, Make-A-Wish Hawaii is considered one of the top charities in the state, with 78 cents of every dollar raised going directly toward granting wishes in Hawaii. One of the first local Make-A-Wish chapters established, Make-A-Wish Hawaii continues to be among the busiest in the nation. Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 700 volunteers have granted over 1,300 wishes for children across the state of Hawaii since 1982 and have hosted more than 14,000 others for children around the world; the chapter granted nearly 100 local wishes in 2017 alone, the most in its 35-year history. For more information about Make-A-Wish Hawaii, visit Hawaii.wish.org.
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