Why are we doing this?

Our mission is to help elevate kids' lives by using unique fundraising efforts to raise awareness for and donate the funds to non-profits that help kids.

We do what we do with Elevate Kids because we have a big warm spot in our hearts for both Kids Aid and Intermountain Adventist Academy. They both provide a service to help kids in the Grand Valley that is very much needed. Our desire is to see both of them succeed and grow. So we are raising funds to help further both of their missions and raise awareness at the same time.

Elevate Kids is making a difference in kids' lives by helping to raise funds and awareness. The funds raised go to help Kid's Aid provide food in the weekend gap and help Intermountain Adventist Academy realize its goal of expanding to a K-12 program.

You can make a difference by helping us to raise awareness and funds for these great non-profits!

Together we can make a difference one step at a time!

There are multiple ways you can help:

1 - Donate to Elevate Kids

To make a donation, visit https://elevatekids.org/donate/

2 - Sponsor our Fun Run

To sponsor our upcoming fun run, contact us at [email protected]

3 - Participate in our Fun Run

To learn more and register, visit https://elevatekids.org/fun-run/

4 - Purchase DVDs, hats, t-shirts, and other Elevate Kids products online at https://elevatekids.org/shop/

Our trail-running adventures are one way we bring the values important to us to life in this world, including these precious values:

  1. Our love of new adventures.
  2. Challenging ourselves physically to improve our overall health.
  3. Immersing ourselves in the beauty of nature.
  4. Helping children in general and our daughter, in particular, live better lives.

We hope that one or more of these values resonate with you and motivate you to contribute financial support to aid children in the Grand Valley and our daughter's school. If so, please read on to find out how your financial backing will support two local programs for kids in the Grand Valley: Intermountain Adventist Academy and the Kid's Aid Backpack Program.

Meet Melinda

Melinda McCaw started her career in graphic design and photography. As opportunities opened up in web development she began designing websites. To add to her professional breadth, she completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Interactive Media from the Colorado Institute of Art. The professional background and skillsets Melinda has developed has made it possible for her to expand her professional horizons as she continues to bring the latest technologies to her clients as a Colorado-based professional web designer.

Melinda has traveled the Colorado Trail by foot and bicycle three times. She regularly backpacks with her husband, Doug, and 8-year-old daughter when not otherwise occupied with downhill mountain biking, trail running, or skiing in the Colorado Mountains.

Melinda’s Hobbies: Trail Running, Mt. Biking, Downhill Mt. Biking, Skiing, Backpacking, Landscape Photography

Photo by Matt Janson Photography
Photo by Matt Janson Photography
Photo by Matt Janson Photography

Meet Doug

Doug has a love of adventure that stems from his desire to experience the new and ever more challenging in life. Experiences that push him to the limit of his physical and mental resources while wondering:  “Do I have what it takes to do this?” By training his mind and body to learn from each experience he is able to extend himself while transforming the previously impossible to the possible, and finally to the tangible and achievable. This outlook has served him well in his life’s challenges and among other things helped him recover physically from a serious car accident to the level of fitness he enjoyed prior to the accident.

Doug has traveled the Colorado Trail by foot and bicycle three times. In addition to enjoying physical challenges, he is a devoted husband and father and is as passionate about helping kids as he is about challenging his physical and mental limits.

Doug’s Hobbies: Skiing, backpacking, mountain biking, trail running.