The nonprofit I have had the opportunity to lead and shape is running an awesome campaign to summit Colorado's 14,000 Mountains in honor of deserving seniors. Supporting #14er4aSenior raises funds to grant the lifelong Wishes of seniors. My years working at Wish of a Lifetime have allowed me to appreciate the countless advantages and privileges I enjoy because of the sacrifices and achievements of older generations.
For me personally, my Grandmother has had an immeasurable impact on my life. The challenges I have faced in my life pale in comparison to the obstacles she overcame and are a great source of motivation. As a 22 year old with a 5 year old son and hardly any family support she survived Japanese WWII bombing raids and later the occupation of her Chinese village. Completely cutoff from my Grandfather who was serving in the US Army in Europe at the time, it is hard to comprehend a more extreme separation due to the War. She was finally able to settle in America after the war, which as a Chinese Immigrant was both the realization of a dream and fraught with challenges and discrimination. The dream was realized and continues on in the lives of her 3 children, 9 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
It is impossible for me to relate to fleeing war, carrying your son on your back and hiding for days in the mountains, uncertain of either of your survival. However, it is not uncommon for me to consider it as I find my myself exploring the world and especially the mountains of Colorado. My Grandma's sacrifices are the reason I can climb mountains and they push me to new summits. Dedicating those summits to her is the least I can do. I've already bagged Massive, Bierstadt, Gray's and Torrey's via Kelso Ridge and will be tackling at least two more. Join me and #14er4aSenior in showing my appreciation for my Grandmother and empowering Wish of a Lifetime to fulfill the Wishes of deserving seniors everywhere.