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Make-A-Wish Hosts 3rd Annual Trailblaze Challenge


January 12, 2015

Charlotte, NC - Hosting two weekend hikes on the Appalachian Foothills Trail outside of Cashiers, NC, Make-A-Wish looks to raise enough funds to grant over 66 wishes for children in our community battling life-threatening medical conditions. The Spring hike weekends will be May 8-10 and May 29-31.

Participants in the Trailblaze Challenge will hike 28.3 miles in 1 life-changing day. The trek provides participants an opportunity for adventure, fun and fitness while making a direct impact on the lives of local children in our community battling life-threatening medical conditions. To find out more details about the hike, potential participants are asked to attend an information meeting. Info meetings will be held in the Asheville, Charlotte and Triad markets at various times/locations from January 20 – February 7. More details can be found online at

The weekend starts Friday evening with activities planned until the Sunday morning brunch. This event is more than a hike to raise money; it is a symbol of the path that wish children and their families have journeyed on – and a celebration of our chapter’s involvement in every wish experience. It is our mission to bring hope, strength and joy to each family we touch. You can join in on this amazing experience by signing up for an information meeting to learn more.

Those that have seen the power of a wish firsthand claim it to be an unforgettable experience. Lee Ann Steadman, who’s niece Emily was  granted a wish, completed the hike in October. Recounting the experience she says, “There are not words to describe the transformation and growth that happened during the Trailblaze Challenge training and event. My team raised almost enough money to grant a wish. I met people I would have never otherwise know and forged friendships to last a lifetime. I pushed myself physically to accomplish something I thought I never could do and once again Make-A-Wish and the people involved have given more to me than I could ever give back to them.”  

A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. For many of them, it marks a turning point in their fight against their illnesses. For their doctors, nurses and other health professionals, the wish experience works in concert with medicine to make their patients feel better, emotionally and even physically.

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Charlotte, NC  28204

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