CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC - This week, cookies are just what the doctor ordered.
Buying chocolate chunk cookies at any local Chick-Fil-A will benefit kids with life-threatening illnesses through Make-A-Wish South Carolina.
It's all for the Trailblaze Challenge, a 28.3 mile hike in which our Investigative Reporter Carter Coyle is participating this weekend. Coyle and her husband Nick Mello have been training for four months.
"At first I thought it would be impossible to hike that much in one day," Coyle said. "I told Nick- how bout I just come and get video of the hike and you actually do the walking!"
"But I told her it would mean so much to me to start our marriage doing something healthy and fun for an awesome cause," said Mello. "And as we're hiking, if it starts getting tough, we just need to think about all the wish kids who are struggling a lot more than we are right now."
They've built up mileage walking almost daily and are ready for the big hike on May 12.
Read more about the journey here.
The Trailblaze Challenge is a one-day, 28.3 mile hike on the Foothills trail in the Appalachian Mountains.
In addition to the physical commitment, each participant pledges to raise at least $2,500 for Make-A-Wish South Carolina.
The event raises more than $300,000 total.
The couple asked the Chick-Fil-A on Magwood Drive in West Ashley about doing a fundraiser night. The restaurant came back with an offer even bigger and better: Cookies for a Cause!
"May 7 through 11th, you can come in and buy as many cookies as you like at thirteen local Chick-fil-A restaurants, and all the proceeds will go back to the Trailblaze Challenge for Make-A-Wish!" Owner and Operator of Chick-fil-a Magwood Megan Jacques said.
Make a Wish SC gr ants wishes South Carolina kids with life-threatening illnesses, many of whom live in the Lowcountry or are getting treatment at MUSC.
"I just think how blessed I am as a mother to have healthy children," Jacques said. "What an undertaking that is to care for a sick child. I just pray for those people all the time and think what a difference we could make with selling cookies for a cause and help those families out."
She also hopes families will consider picking up cookies to share for Teacher Appreciation and Nurses Appreciation, both this week.
"Help us gr ant them a wish these children would never be able to do otherwise!" Jacques said.
Cookies for a Cause is from Open-10pm all this week, Monday through Friday. All proceeds will go to make wishes come true.
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