Knightdale resident and avid hiker Kathy Cockrell will hit the trail for a special cause this spring. On Saturday, May 20th, she will join over 50 other hikers to tackle the Sauratown Trail near Winston-Salem – all 24.8 miles in one day, rain or shine. The hikers will train for three months.
The adventure, officially dubbed the “Trailblaze Challenge,” is being organized by Make-A-Wish of Eastern NC, which serves 49 counties stretching from Alamance County to the coast. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children ages 2 ½ to 18 with life-threatening medical conditions. A wish come true provides a treasured memory for the entire family and gives the child a reason to fight back even harder against their illness.
Each hiker has committed to raising at least $2,500 to benefit Make-A-Wish. Cockrell has teamed up with local eatery Z Pizza for a one-night-only event – Wednesday, March 9; from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Z Pizza in North Raleigh (9630 Falls of Neuse Road, 1/2 mile north of I-540). For every patron who mentions Kathy or Make-A-Wish by name, Z Pizza will donate 20 percent of sales to Make-a-Wish. In addition, diners will have a one-time opportunity to purchase vouchers for their next small pizza at a discount, and 50 percent of voucher sales will be donated as well.
Cockrell said she’s excited about the hike and about working with Z Pizza. “The co-owner Tracey has been enthusiastic and helpful every step of the way. I can’t thank her and the North Raleigh staff enough for giving me this opportunity to get closer to my $2,500 goal,” she said.
Those who can’t attend the Pizza Night on the 9th are encouraged to learn more about the Make-A-Wish Trailblaze Challenge or make a secure online donation (all gifts are 100 percent deductible) at trailblazechallenge.org.