On April 27th, 2012, Kris Lajeskie embarked on an adventure of a lifetime…walking one of the great pilgrimages on this planet – the Camino de Santiago in northern Spain.
(500 miles – 33 days – 20 lbs on her back)
All Roads lead to Santiago de Compostela
Also called Saint James Way, popular tradition has it that the Apostle James preached in Spain (before he was beheaded by Herod in Jerusalem), and his disciples brought his body back to Spain by boat. As early as the 9th century – pilgrims started making the journey to St. James and a magnificent Romanesque cathedral now marks the spot of his gilded tomb.
Why 500 miles by foot?
The opportunity to walk continuously – sometimes alone, sometimes in pack – letting go of the mind and spirit so both can fly, and experiencing the beauty of land and sky, was VERY appealling to her. According to Lajeskie, "I am a gypsy at heart and love adventure – so becoming a "pellegrino" seemed like the perfect fit."
A Higher Calling for this Pilgrimage
While she was training for this pilgrimage months in advance – there was a deep yearning to help a young girl and her family. For over a year – she had followed the dramatic, life-altering events of a young fifteen-year-old girl named Andee. Overnight Andee went from vibrant student, swimmer and all around athlete to a girl in a wheel chair who cannot talk, walk, eat or participate in life as we know it. Her brain essentially exploded and has left her trapped in her body. Her parents John & Lyn Poulos have demonstrated what grace looks and sounds like – whose unbelievable faith and hope have ignited what is now called Andee's Army. www.Andeesarmy.com
If you are moved by Andee´s story like thousands have been – please join Lajeskie and give in whatever way you can. Your prayers and/or a donation to Andee´s Army are so greatly needed and appreciated. Know that each mile she walks is dedicated to the healing of this beautiful child.
Buen Camino in your own walk of life!
To learn more about Kris Lajeskie visit krislajeskiedesign.com