I recently came across this photo taken at the LeBlanc Unit in 2003, showing me shaking the hand of the 1,000th graduate of the BTL program. That was a proud day for me as I marveled at the progress we had made in just a few years. Little did I know that one day I would be celebrating 53,000 graduates of Bridges To Life! Our work could not be accomplished without you, our family of supporters. BTL has faced many challenges over the years, from the economic downturn in 2008 to Hurricane Harvey in 2017, and our donors and volunteers have never left our side. Like a family, you have made it possible for BTL to always come back stronger than before.
The COVID-19 pandemic is perhaps our greatest challenge to date, but I have full confidence that one day I will be shaking the hand of our 75,000th and even 100,000th graduate. With your continued support, those days will come.