Spotlight: Francisca Blanc
and FTR/NAMI Hike
Next month Francisca (far right) will celebrate one year of sobriety and service with Fit To Recover. She came to join our community last year during a hike she organized for NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to celebrate the life of Nicholas Zurn. As they always do, FTR members showed up ready to sweat. A kinship was instantly formed while hiking and swapping stories with FTR member Rachel Santizo. Francisca was hooked and her own recovery began.
Since that day, she has been a priceless asset to FTR with her knowledge of non-profit organizations and grant funding resources. Francisca is a bold woman who will not hesitate to speak out against unfairness she sees, and to advocate for more resources for mental health and treatment for substance misuse.
On May 14th that original hike was replicated. Led by Francisca, approximately 50 people hiked the Butler Fork Trail in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The group represented all ages with the youngest hiker coming in at 3 years old, and riding mostly on daddy's shoulders. Families and friends stood together at the top to reflect on their new found strength and freedom.