Made To Soar was born last year in the rain of early Vancouver winter… About this time last year, I was dreaming of going on the road and helping other survivors live their dreams. It has been a powerful year in which I was able to work with Alejandro, raise funds, and with your help, support him to rise and live his dreams.
We also produced a deep, gut wrenching and hopeful documentary short which you can view below.
Now it’s time to continue the project, to help the next survivor. Is it you?
One thing I learned is that this type of work requires connection and trust. I am inviting all of you to consider ‘Adding My Dream’ here on the website, so others can be inspired, and to share some of your story confidentially via the contact form.
I hope that Made to Soar has inspired you, and I will have the opportunity to meet more survivors and do some good work with you to live your dreams and raise awareness. If you feel called to be part of this project, please be in touch.
Thank You and Keep On Soaring,
I am very happy to let you guys know that Alejandro, although really shaken by the process of creating the documentary, has come through some difficult work and recently acquired a camera to continue his photography work!
Thank you from my heart to all the supporters out there who have encouraged us and supported this work, and helped fund Alejandro to get a camera, especially to NL and my therapist Art who have been such solid supports for this work!
Alejandro, we all look forward to seeing you following your dream and sharing your beautiful photos with the world- seeing the beauty once again!
He was brutally abused by family members, and then the priests he went to for help…
Today he is rising up, and learning to live his dreams.
This video was produced by Mark @ Made To Soar.
With your help, it could be the first of many inspiring stories.
Thanks so much to everyone who is making this possible.
Mark & Alejandro
I’m here in sunny Sacramento with Alejandro, and we have begun this amazing photographic journey of him living his dream. In his words, “I’ve seen so much ugliness in the world. Now I want to see and capture the beauty through photography.”
With joy and purpose I am happy to present Episode 1, Birth- which details my journey to Sacramento and the birth of Made to Soar.
Made to Soar is a groundbreaking project that:
- Tells the amazing stories of childhood sexual abuse survivors and their recovery, through a brilliant video series
- Asks survivors to dream big
- Gathers support for their dreams and adventures
- Helps them realize them
- and Goes along for the ride
- Documenting the journey and inspiring others with the stories of courageous people!
- Raises public awareness of childhood sexual abuse, its staggering costs, and the enormous potential for healing that we all have.
- Shifts focus from silence, shame and blame to healing, education and shared responsibility.
It’s a video series, where us survivors are the cast. Through your courageous life, we can inspire a generation of healing and help the next generation of children.
As this project grows, I’m currently looking for:
- Courageous survivors of any age, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender, who are willing to work hard to live their dreams, and to share some of their story.
- Support from eagle eyed documentary filmmakers with a passion for telling underdog stories
- Help from sage counsellors, psychologists, or healing arts practitioners, who can connect survivors with the child that still dreams within them, and to help them break through!
- Crowd funding experts who can channel public inspiration into funds for the project and its partners. Visionary communicators who can help us forge alliances with partner organizations in childhood abuse prevention, sexual respect education, legal reform, and recovery.
- Kickass composers, whose epic orchestral and electronic music talents can tell the emotional stories of the dreams of survivors.
I see my role as leading by example. I am a big kid at heart who has lived the horror of abuse and is walking the road to recovery. I want to go on adventures with survivors and be an inspiration, support, and resource person along the way. I want to communicate the vision of this project and be active on the ground. I am going to wear all these hats as I find a good team to work with!
In Every Heart Beats a story of TRIUMPH.
In 2014, I am riding my motorbike on a cross-country tour to meet other childhood sexual abuse survivors. Everywhere I go, I’m going to ask:
- What has childhood sexual abuse cost you and your family?
- What do you dream of doing?
- How can I help you live your dreams?
And then I will do my best to help you go on the adventure of living your dreams! Along the way, I hope to help some of my fellow survivors tell your stories (with your informed consent), to produce an amazing video series, and to raise awareness of both the enormous cost of childhood sexual abuse and the potential all of us have to rise triumphantly out of our difficult past.
As I live my dream of motorcycle travel, I want to help other survivors live your dreams, and to move from fear, shame and hiding to the life you’re truly capable of. I want to help you rise again.
My trip begins in January, 2014 as I travel from my home in Vancouver, BC, Canada down the West Coast of the US and into Southern California and Arizona, meeting survivors along the way.
If you’re interested in being part of this groundbreaking project, please add your dream to our survivors’ bucket list of dreams. You can also contribute anonymously.
The Rise Again Tour – 2014 - US & Canada
> Coming soon to a town near you