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Help A Hiker & Make A Wish Come True

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Help A Hiker & Make A Wish Come True

Local Man Taking Trailblaze Challenge For Children

Superheroes come in many forms. In fact, one may be among you right now. Take Steve Matlack of Black Mountain, for instance – a mild mannered salesman by day, but after 5 o’clock Friday, a champion for children fighting serious illnesses. Instead of flying over the city, he prefers to hike into the hills that surround it.

matlackSteve is taking part in the Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge June 3. He’ll be hiking 28.3 miles to raise money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“The ability to combine my passion for hiking with the ability to help local kids was too much to pass up,” Steve says. “I’m willing to go the distance, but I need some supporters to make each step go toward making a child’s wish come true.”

Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina will grant wishes to more than 300 kids this year. That still leaves more than 200 on the waiting list. Parker, a seven-year-old battling Hodgkin’s lymphoma, wished to be a zookeeper for a day. Six-year-old Caleb, who has spent his short life dealing with a serious heart condition, wished for a stay in the Minion Room at Universal Studios. Audrey a four-year-old battling kidney cancer, wished to go to Hawaii. Hope is a 12-year-old battling bone cancer who’s wished for the power to make other kids’ wishes come true.

The average cost of each wish is $6,000.

“As a father, I know parents would stop at nothing for their children, especially for a child coping with prolonged, difficult medical treatments,” Steve explains. “Unfortunately, those medical costs can keep parents from having money to go on a vacation, or plan a special experience for their child. I am happy to use to my feet to help those parents create magic for their children.”

You can support Steve and others taking the Trailblaze Challenge here. There’s also info on how you can literally take steps to make a difference, and take a hike too.

Ken Ulmer

Former TV weatherguy who never got it right, til the day I predicted mostly cloudy skies with a 100% chance of unemployment. I've survived stints as a morning radio host, stay-at-home dad, and lab assistant. All left me with with varying degrees of side-effects, which somehow combined to make me a good fit to be the editor/video producer of the828.com.

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