“Writing this is far harder than one might think. My goals: be honest, be thankful and gracious to those who help us succeed, and lastly, write something people actually want to read. Well, let’s see how I do.
As 2017 closes and 2018 begins, I look back to our many accomplishments. Wish parents, Josh and Candy Faith, honored us with another beautiful and successful Valicity’s Princess Ball. The strength they have is an inspiration to all of us to make the most of life. Wish Grandpa, Mark Watkins, put on the Williams Plumbing corporate and employee golf tournament to benefit the Montana Hope Project. Many reading this note have heard or read the words, “Welcome to the Hope Project Family” when a child’s wish is granted, and these two events are an example of just that; they are part of our family. Because of their generous contributions to our fundraising efforts, we are able to continue to do what we do.
On March 11, 2016, I received a solicitation email from Lisa with Mainstay Publishing. Lisa was inquiring about the possibility of writing a Montana Hope Project book as a fundraiser. Days later, we had a conference call with the author, Denise. Denise was able to take a few of my random ideas and form a beautiful plot. Over the next 18 months, we exchanged 108 emails of ideas, changes, suggestions, and approvals. What started as an idea for a fundraiser has become so much more. My vision was to create a story of what we are all about for many years to come. Thanks to Lisa, Denise, and Lori, the illustrator, something truly magical happened, which has completely surpassed our expectations. Pick up a copy of Smiles for Miles at your local Highway Patrol Office, any of our major events, or contact your area coordinator.
Thank you to our Coordinators, Troopers, Board Members, and volunteers for making 2017 successful. A special thank you to our Wish Families for being a part of our lives.”