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Every non-profit organization could use someone like Peter Frank.

The 20-year-old from Escanaba plans to leave later this spring for a canoe trip down the Mississippi River — about 2,400 miles — to benefit the new Steve Mariucci Family Beacon House, located at 200 S. Seventh St. in Marquette. The facility offers families and loved ones of hospitalized patients a place to stay nearby so they don’t have to waste time commuting to and from their hometown.

In 2021, Frank rode his unicycle from Wisconsin to Arizona on behalf of Beacon House, a trip that raised $15,000 for the facility. In total, Frank raised $26,000 for the cause.

However, he wants to reach his $100,000 goal, and that’s where his next canoe trip comes in.

Peter Frank already knows the difficulties.

When Frank was 14, he was hiding in a pile of leaves when a car ran him over, leaving him fighting for his life in hospital. He broke 14 bones and required back and leg surgery three days after his accident while still sedated. He also faced other medical issues.

However, his mother could stay close to him in the old Beacon House, located along Third Street in Marquette.

When a patient lies in hospital, family is often a source of joy and comfort during a difficult time, and Beacon House makes it easier for families to be close to loved ones.

Frank knows the new facility, which opened in December, needs funds to continue operating, so he hopes his trip will raise much-needed funds.

It bears repeating that every dollar donated to Beacon is tax deductible and goes directly to the facility.

Donations can be made to upbeaconhouse. org/peterfrank. A check or money order can also be sent, along with “Pierre Frank” written on the memo and made payable to Mariucci Family Beacon House, 200 S. Seventh St., Marquette, MI 49855.

Frank said each donor will be listed on the Beacon House website by name, and he will mention the list of donors and companies on his social media videos during his trip.

People can follow Frank on his trip down the Mississippi River at where there are links to his social media accounts.

While donating to Beacon House is a worthy cause, reading about Frank’s travels is an inspiration to everyone.

Frank’s travels are classic examples of giving back to a cause that has helped a person so much in the past. It would be easy to just be grateful, which isn’t a bad thing in itself, but Frank goes above and beyond. “pay it forward.”

We support Frank and hope people will donate to the Beacon House – a truly worthy endeavour.

— The Journal of Mines, Marquette

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