Jasper man hiking to raise money for Make-A-Wish

By LEA RIZZO, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 5/13/17

Jasper resident Guy Able is one of almost 60 hikers participating in the 2017 Alabama Trailblaze Challenge, with proceeds from this fundraiser going to Make-A-Wish.

According to the Alabama Trailblaze website, the …

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Jasper man hiking to raise money for Make-A-Wish

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Jasper resident Guy Able is one of almost 60 hikers participating in the 2017 Alabama Trailblaze Challenge, with proceeds from this fundraiser going to Make-A-Wish.

According to the Alabama Trailblaze website, the “Trailblaze Challenge is a life-changing endurance experience that mimics the journey Alabama wish kids go through, and ultimately helps Make-A-Wish Alabama grant wishes to the 300 children with life-threatening medical conditions” in the state.

Able and the other hikers will be hiking 26.3 miles on the Pinhoti Trail in the Oxford area on Saturday, May 20, beginning at 5 a.m., “with headlamps on to see because it’s going to be pitch black,” he said.

In addition to participating in the hike, Able is also working to raise donations that will go towards helping fulfill the wishes of Alabama wish kids. As of Friday afternoon, Able had raised $1,275 of his personal goal of $2,000.

Currently, $178,897 of the event’s $190,000 overall goal has been raised. People can continue to donated to the fundraiser through June 20.

“I love the idea of helping to grant a wish to a child,” Able said. “I feel like when a child has their wish granted, it gives them a sense of hope. The experience of being sick for a child can seem overbearing and kind of single them out from what we would consider a normal child’s everyday life.

“I think just the chance to go on a trip or fulfill one of their childhood dreams gives them a sense of hope that they aren’t just a sick kid. They’re a perfectly normal kid who can travel and do things that all kids dream about doing.”

Able said he enjoys being outdoors and being able to combine that with helping children was the perfect fit for him.

He encouraged people to donate and asked for prayers in support of the hikers, as well as the wish kids in need.

Since 2004, Make-A-Wish has granted wishes to 13 Walker County children.

There are currently five children in the county waiting on a wish. Make-A-Wish is expected to grant 130 wishes to children throughout the state of Alabama this year. Over 500 wishes have been granted to Alabama children in the last four years.

To donate to Able’s fundraiser, visit www.alabama.wish.org/guyable. For more information on the Trailblaze Challenge, visit www.alabamatrailblaze.org.