Back in the canyon, Traynor and his family marched right past his seven-mile goal. At each mile marker, they stopped to take a picture. In each photo, Traynor’s smile seems to get bigger and bigger. His family wondered with amazement, “How far will he go?” It seemed that Traynor had a new goal in mind now that he was on the trail — twelve miles for his twelfth birthday. One mile for each year of his life, a life he recognizes as a gift from God. “Sometimes people take for granted what they have,” Traynor says. “We need to help people that don’t have as much.”
As Traynor stepped off the trail after completing his twelfth mile, he was greeted with cheers of support and a bright blue Compassion lanyard placed like a medal around his neck — a small token of appreciation for a big act of kindness.
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