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Here is Renee's interview with Carin Buckman, Marketing, Communications & Digital Manager for Make-A-Wish CT and Katy Sypher-Piper, Trailblaze participant and Make-A-Wish mom.
Katy shares her family's story and they chat about the 2021 Trailblaze Challenge, which helps raise funds that go directly to Make-A-Wish!
Have you decided on your New Year’s resolution? Make 2021 the year you get fit and give back! Let’s kick off the New Year with a New Journey - The Trailblaze Challenge journey!
Trailblaze Challenge is a 26.2-mile endurance hike where participants tackle the terrain of Bear Mountain, all in one amazing day. The Trailblaze Challenge is a hike, not a race, and caters to all levels from novice to advanced outdoor enthusiasts. This is one New Year’s resolution you’ll be able to keep!
To learn more, Make-A-Wish Connecticut is offering free, virtual information sessions. The first virtual information session begins Tuesday, February 23rd – but these sessions are offered different days and times throughout the months of February and March. Visit trailblazechallengect.org to register.
To prepare for the hike, Make-A-Wish Connecticut will safely offer training and conditioning hikes beginning in March. Wish kid Carly’s mom Sara enthusiastically explains, “You can train, and you can do this because I did it without any real hiking experience of my own. Once you go to an information session and learn what you need to know, you can do it - if you start preparing early it’s doable!”
While the Trailblaze Challenge is an extraordinary physical test, it is not unlike the challenges wish kids face every day. Because wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival, Make-A-Wish’s challenge is to raise much needed funds to grant the wishes of every critically ill child in Connecticut.By supporting the Trailblaze Challenge, you will help Make-A-Wish Connecticut grant hundreds of wishes this year.