Great accomplishments generally have their roots in humble beginnings.  Lao Tzu, a Chinese philosopher once said, “The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.”

It is estimated that the 26-mile trek through the Andes, commonly known as the Inca trail, is made up of over 82,000 steps and 55,000 stairs.

17 adventurous souls from Minnesota and Wisconsin completed their journey to the famed Incan empire ruins of Machu Picchu this week.  They ranged in age from 14 to 60.  They described their experience in various ways:
“Humbling.”  “The most difficult thing I have ever done.”  “There are no words to adequately describe the sentiments in my heart at this moment.”  “The most beautiful vistas I have ever seen.”

Each one arrived into the gate of the sun weary, a few arrived with tears rolling down their cheeks, but all arrived with the knowledge that they had just completed one of the most mentally and physically challenging endeavors of their life.

They did this on behalf of children in Peru who will benefit from their fundraising efforts in the next few days.  30-35 children will receive the gift of a life altering surgery free of charge because of the efforts of these 17 individuals and the donors who supported them.

Thank you to all that have made this work possible.
In the next few days we will be posting the images of the children whose lives have been changed because of someone like you.