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Patrick Lydem

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Join me in my efforts to support Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut, Inc.!

Those who know me know I have been an outdoorsy person my whole life - joining the cub scouts and boy scouts, camping with family, hiking, backpacking, running, canoeing, you name it. Through my 30's, I slowed down and settled into life and when I hit my 40's, I saw it was time to get back to my roots and get in shape. I started running again and lost some weight and at the end of last year I made a commitment to myself to attempt to trail run all 825 miles of the CT Blue trails.

In June of this year, I was driving through Hartford and saw a billboard advertising the CT Trailblazer Challenge. I looked up the website and saw that it was a fund-raiser for Make-A-Wish and that the event was a 30 mile in one day supported hike in October. I was intrigued. I have donated to Make-A-Wish once or twice in the past and a high school friend works for Make-A-Wish, granting kids wishes. I know this is a great organization that gives children with life-threatening illnesses the chance to do something amazing and that this often provides much more than a fun day or week for them. Some facts:

Make-A-Wish has found that granting a wish is often the best medicine possible:

* 74% of Wish parents observed that the wish experience marked a turning point in their child's response to treatment

* 85% of parents observed a decrease in their child's anxieties or fears

* 91% of parents and 75% of health professionals observed that the Wish experience decreased their child’s depression or sadness

This is a very good thing and I decided that I would take on that challenge to help raise at least $2500 and hike 30 miles in one day in Massachusetts' Savoy Mountain State Forest along the Mahican-Mohawk Trail. Please join me in supporting this great organization by donating on my personal page.

Thank you for supporting Make-A-Wish Foundation of Connecticut, Inc.. Your contribution is greatly appreciated.
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