For the second consecutive year, Team Trystian raised more than $11,000 for Make-A-Wish in Alaska and Washington, bringing the two-year total to nearly $23,000!
There were more than 100 generous donors brought together by six team members who all were a part of making this happen. For a little context of what $11,000 means to Make-A-Wish, the average wish costs around $5,000, meaning we were able to fully fund two more wishes this year with the money you all contributed to our efforts.
Every donation matters and was a big part of getting us to that total; however, I'd be remiss if I didn't take a moment to recognize one contributor who went above and beyond to help us get to our amazing total.
Kevin Parsons is an awesome Coug who owns a trio of CARSTAR Auto Body Repair Experts franchises in Everett, Marysville and Bothell. He and his company have been huge supporters of Make-A-Wish over the years, and for this year's Walk For Wishes, CARSTAR made a $5,000 donation to Team Trystian. Truly amazing.
(And even though Kevin certainly would never ask me to do this, this is the part where I tell you if you need your auto body repaired and you live near one of those cities, you should probably think CougsFirst! and take your business there.)
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to every single one of you who played a part in this. If you made any kind of financial contribution, I am more thankful for you than you can possibly know. And if you weren't able to donate but took the time to share our story with your personal sphere of influence, I'm thankful for you too!
It's not an overstatement to say lives are going to be changed because of what you did - the power of a wish is real. It provides hope and joy in the midst of what can sometimes be a bleak situation. My family has experienced it, and now at least two more kids eligible for a wish will get to experience it, too.
On behalf of all of Team Trystian, Thank you.