Lisa Simmons, President of Beacon Management Services, begins her 3rd Annual “Moving Mountains” hike to benefit BlazeSports America on August 6, 2021. This year’s hike takes Simmons to Peru, where she will climb Machu Picchu, one of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World.
“I’m proud to represent BlazeSports on this adventure,” said Simmons. “This nonprofit provides life-changing sports programs and athletic equipment for young adults and military veterans with physical disabilities. As a female business owner, I recognize the importance they place on inclusion for all participants.”
BlazeSports America has had an overwhelming demand for their services while donations have been impacted because of COVID-19, making this year’s efforts crucial. All donations made to BlazeSports are tax-deductible, and 100% of proceeds go directly to BlazeSports.
This is Simmons’ third fundraiser hike in support of BlazeSports. Past hikes include the Rim to Trim trail across the Grand Canyon, and summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro in Africa, the tallest freestanding mountain in the world. To date, Simmons has raised $50,000 for BlazeSports.
This year’s fundraising hike in Peru takes place August 6 – 15, 2021. The adventure includes a hike through the Andes Mountains, the longest mountain range in the world, covering over 4,300 miles (7,000km) in length. Simmons will traverse the Inca Trail, and climb both Machu Picchu and Rainbow Mountain.
Machu Picchu was constructed as an estate for the Inca emperor Pachacuti (1438-1472). Built in 1450 but abandoned a century later during the Spanish conquest, Machu Picchu was home to approximately 750 people at the height of civilization, most of whom worked in service to the emperor. Often mistakenly referred to as the “Lost City of the Incas,” it is the most familiar icon of the Inca civilization. Although known locally, Machu Picchu was not known to the Spanish during the Colonial Period and remained generally unknown to the outside world until American historian Hiram Bingham brought it to international attention in 1911.
“We are thrilled to have Lisa’s support and for her to raise awareness of our programs in such a fun way,” said Dawn Churi, BlazeSports America executive director. “At BlazeSports, we encourage athletes with all levels of abilities to achieve new heights, and Lisa’s efforts demonstrate this same philosophy.”