Ascend Alliance - Building Schools to Remember Students

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For a parent, losing a child is the worst tragedy imaginable. Not something you can easily come to terms with, it can help to know you are not alone. When the Park City 5 women got together, it was with the hope that they could comfort each other. Searching for meaning and hoping to keep their memories alive, they decided to honor their children by making life better for other children. Five mothers, who all suffered the loss of their teen-aged kids in unrelated tragedies found each other and the strength to go on when they focused their energy on helping others. The women chose to partner with an organization called Ascend Alliance, whose mission is to "empower those in need to save their children and ascend out of poverty." The project they chose was to help build schools in a poor and remote area in Ecuador. Working closely with the Park City high school and with the support and generosity of the community, they were able to raise more than $82,000 in just four months. Two of the most successful events were a golf tournament and a "5k for 5 kids." One of the mothers said it was like a "big community hug." The outpouring of affection and support blew everyone away and raised their initial hopes of building one school to a projected plan for building a total of five schools, which in the end is a fitting tribute to the children who brought the Park City 5 mothers together.

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