after the rock-climbing day: “Climbing was strenuous but rewarding at the same time. Everyone was cheering the climbers on, up the rock. Once I reached the top, my heart swelled with pride and gratitude – pride in my abilities despite my physical challenge and gratitude for the opportunity to participate in such a special adventure. I took a moment to soak in the beauty of the mountains and feel like a part of nature.”
What does it feel like to make a difference in other people’s lives?
Brian: It feels good and not just your “I feel good today” kind of good. It is a feeling all its own. It is as if you had to combine all of your other “good” feelings to make one. It is much more because this “good” is warm and fuzzy; it is full of pride, excitement, confidence, empowerment and compassion. Whenever I think about the programs that I have done and the participants, it makes me smile, even after a long hard day at work. That’s what it feels like to run this program and make a difference in people’s lives.
What is your vision for the organization’s future?
Brian: Footprints has a bright future, one that we hope is full of growth in programs with international destinations and year-round programs.
If you could do one other thing with the organization, what would it be?
Brian: Footprints would love to use itself as a platform for cancer awareness as a majority of the participants in the program who have amputations are survivors of cancer.
How can others help Footprints Adventures fulfill its mission?
Brian and Brittany: One of our goals for this summer is to have at least eight participants in the young adult program in June and at least eight
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participants in the adult program in July. To help us meet this goal, please join us this summer on one of our adventures, and tell everyone you know to check out what Footprints is all about.
In addition, donations always help a nonprofit. We accept monetary donations, but you may also donate your used car, and the proceeds of its sale will go to Footprints. Also, if you are able to donate gently used outdoor gear, a cargo trailer, or a 12- to 15-passenger van, it would be greatly appreciated. All staff members at Footprints Adventures are currently volunteers. They work full-time jobs and take their vacation time to run, orchestrate and prepare Footprints programs. Footprints would love to see the day that our very generous staff members get paid and can be available full time to reach out to more people.
What advice would you give those who want to do something to benefit others?
Brian: If you know something in your heart, follow it. It is very rewarding. Come help us, and feel how much it changes your life.
Is there anything else you’d like to tell people with limb differences or limb loss about Footprints Adventures?
Brian and Brittany: Our motto is “I do what I can … with what I got!” No matter what challenges you have been through in your life, life is not over. Come to Colorado, join the Footprints Adventures family, and see for yourself what you are truly capable of.
How may a person get more information about Footprints Adventures?
Brittany: People may visit our Web site at footprintsadventures.org for
more information and to fill out a registration form. They may also call us at 720 445-5238 or send us an e-mail at footprintsadventures@ gmail.com.
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