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Make-A-Wish donation!

I’m proud to announce the winner of the post- guess, win, give… I love birthdays to be Mr. Mark Philipps. By guessing to the nearest second of a handstand I held , he got to pick the charity of his choice for Herhappytrails to donate $100. Drum roll please… Northern California Make-A-Wish foundation!

This wonderful program is world-wide and extremely active. In fact, right here in the United States, volunteers grant a wish every 38 minutes!

Here are a few stories from our local Northern California area.

Miles, a 5-year-old who is in remission from leukemia, got to save the city of San Francisco with his Make-A-Wish identity of the new Batkid. More than 10,000 volunteers and supporters made his wish possible by playing a role in this real life dream come true. For more of his story and the actual video of this memorable day, please visit I want to be Batkid.

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The following story and photo came from http://necannv.wish.org, thank you for sharing!

When Andrew was originally approached by Make-A-Wish to have a life-changing experience, he decided that his one true wish was to go to Ecuador on a mission trip. Due to medical restrictions, he was unable to take the trip to Ecuador at the time and it was to be postponed until he was medically able to go. Unfortunately, that time never came.

His condition worsened and he was told that he wouldn’t be able to go to Ecuador. Make-A-Wish then gave him the chance to choose a different wish, something that he could enjoy from a place much closer to home. Andrew, whose motto was “love God and serve others,” chose to donate the cash value of his wish-$5,000-to help purchase a refrigerated food truck for the local food bank at Mosaic Christian Church where he volunteer

Andrew was remembered by Make-A-Wish during the national conference Evening of Excellence, where his family received, in his honor, the Lori Schultz-Betancourt Indomitable Spirit Award. This award is intended to honor the individual who embodies the essence of an “indomitable spirit” and possesses the qualities of persistence, bravery, compassion, integrity and dedication.


“I really just enjoy helping others and the feeling you get from giving back. So many people have given to me over the last two years as I’ve been battling cancer. I really enjoy doing what I can for others.”
Andrew

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A simple but sweet example is about a darling 12-year-old named Claire. She has been battling Cystic Fibrosis and enduring treatments that were described as “grueling”. Like several young girls, she had dreamt of owning her own horse after taking lessons between hospital visits. So when Make-A-Wish volunteers asked about her wish, Claire was granted her very own horse, Zio!

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Mark, due to your participation of my silly handstand game, I was encouraged to research a charity that I’ve always heard about but never involved myself with. Now, because of your suggestion, I have a new chapter in future volunteering. Thank you!

If you would like to volunteer for Make-A-Wish Foundation, please visit wish.org/ways to help.

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Handstand of 2013! The winner is…

I absolutely loved watching the votes roll in, thank you! Plain and simple, here are the winners starting with the runners up and working to #1!

The honorable mentions start with an open green area in Cusco, Peru. This area made up just a small part of the exciting journey we spent exploring the streets and unique markets. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite cities in the world!

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The Golden Gate Bridge is one of the most internationally recognizable structures in San Fransisco, California . Definitely handstand worthy!

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After Machu Picchu hit the top of the polls for best photo of 2012, I thought it would be refreshing to introduce another wonder of the world. Stonehenge in Wiltshire, England was a classic set up for a proper handstand photo.

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The sunset over looking The Thimble Islands was a surprise treat while visiting my longtime friends on the east coast of the United States. The colors were not touched up in this photo… All natural beauty!

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The Cologne Cathedral is the largest gothic church in Germany which made it a bit of challenge to get me and the very tip of the building in the same shot. Well done Hayden!

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Santa Catalina is a beach town on the west coast of Panama where I was volunteering as a staff member of Cabañas Time Out resort. What an office view!

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Then there’s my precious family in good ol’ Oklahoma. These are my five siblings that are always eager to help out with the handstand shot. This year we chose to do it in front of our snow woman before she melted away.

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In third place, we have the Mahogany Cathedral that welcomes you to the north coast of my favorite island. Barbados holds a special place in my heart and I highly suggest a visit if you’re ever in need of a well rounded beach holiday.

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With a close second place, it’s not a surprise that the temples of Angkor Wat in Cambodia caught your attention. From the peaceful monks walking around to the thousands of stairs and doorways, this scene was easy to get lost in… both physically and emotionally.

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With a solid win in first place, I share with you the colorful handstand photo from Chiang Mai, Thailand. These lights almost define this magical place and the vibrancy that naturally exists throughout the city. Well done Asia.

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