The star in PATHSTAR is meaningful, and one of the connections we love is a version of the Starfish Story. It goes something like this:
A young girl was walking on the beach during low tide. She saw starfish on the beach and worried that they would dry out and die before the tide came in, so she began to pick them up, one at a time, and throw them back into the water. A man came along and said, “What are you doing? Look at the miles of beach, with thousands of starfish. You can’t save them all. What difference do you think you can make?”
The girl looked at the expanse of beach and then at the starfish in her hand. She tossed it gently into the water, smiled, and said, “I just made a difference to that one!”
PATHSTAR depends entirely on volunteers and community generosity. Each contribution–donations, words of encouragement, volunteer support–has helped us continue with our dedication to continue PATHSTAR’s work, sometimes against what feels like overwhelming odds, and to act out of certainty that we can make a difference, even if–or especially when–it’s a difference that happens one act– and one person– at a time.
Please continue to donate as generously as you are able to help us achieve our funding goal and ensure that we will accomplish our 2011 PATHSTAR Pine Ridge Alcatraz swim program and accompanying support programs.
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