FREDERICK COUNTY, Md. (WDVM) – About 22 hikers have embarked on a journey to grant the wishes of many children who suffer from serious illnesses in the DMV area.
“We have a group of hikers who are here today and we are going to do a marathon in the mountains to raise money and awareness for the Make-A-Wish to Foundation and Mid-Atlantic,” said the chairman of the board. administration, Mike Manatos. Explain.
Hikers who participated in the challenge conquered a 26-mile trip through the Catoctin Trail. The hikers had been training physically for months to support the work of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
“We start in pitch black, around four or five in the morning, and we meet about 11 to 12 hours later, 26 miles later and it’s a phenomenal opportunity to support these kids,” Manatos said.
Those who participated also received a lanyard with a wish child and their story attached to remind them of who they are hiking for.
“We had a wish kid at our dinner party last night who went through incredible challenges and saw these and other stories from the other kids we serve.” Hiker Jason Pappas explained.
“It just makes you want to do this and even though it’s going to be a tough hike, what they’ve been through is so much bigger compared to what we’re doing.”
The Trailblazer Challenge will fundraise for another four weeks and is expected to raise over $100,000.