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Volunteer Spotlight

Volunteer Spotlight

We would like to recognize volunteers that have gone above and beyond the call of duty to make the wish experience memorable for our Wish Families. Each month we will be thanking one of our dedicated volunteers with a short write-up.

All of our volunteers are simply amazing, and we thank you deeply for your involvement with Make-A-Wish. To nominate a fellow volunteer, please email Community Engagement Specialist Annalise Sansouci at and tell us why they deserve a shout out. Thanks again for all that you do.


Kurt Pearson

Our Volunteer of the Month, Kurt Pearson, became involved with Make-A-Wish through his wife, Nicole. As a volunteer wish granter, Nicole heard about the Trailblaze Challenge and knew it would be the perfect fit for Kurt because of his involvement with Boys Scouts of America and his love of the outdoors. Kurt says, “My long walks in the woods have been my involvement with Make-A-Wish so far. And one I plan on continuing as long as Make-A-Wish will have me and the knees hold up!”

As an active participant in the Trailblaze Challenge, Kurt has a valuable perspective on how it can change your life. He says, “For me, the Trailblaze Challenge brings together many passions – volunteering for kids, helping others excel, staying active and enjoying the outdoors. Where else can you develop such strong camaraderie with a group through a shared goal and incredible cause, challenge ourselves physically and mentally, enjoy the natural beauty of the outdoors and doing all this to provide some joy for families that are at a time in their lives when they need it most? And on top of all that, I get to experience not only the rewards of the wish kids, but those of the Trailblazers as well. I challenge anyone to sit at the finish line of the hike and to attend the Sunday breakfast without being totally invested emotionally in everything the Trailblaze Challenge and Make-A-Wish is all about. After my first hike and Sunday breakfast, I was and always will be completely hooked.”

Helping wish kids through his fundraising and dedication to the Trailblaze Challenge, Kurt has an infectious enthusiasm that spreads to other hikers. The knowledge that he is helping wish families and others connect with nature is what motivates him to continue his participation. Kurt finds it all to be incredibly rewarding. “Seeing the hikers participate in the Trailblaze Challenge, while experiencing and accomplishing things that they never thought they could is amazing. We are fortunate to see the impact Make-A-Wish has on the families that are granted wishes.”
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