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My name is Cindy Zello and I live in Fredericksburg, Virginia with my soulmate husband of 39 years, Mike, and my crazy dog, Kili. I am the proud mother of three amazing children and the mother-in-love to three equally amazing children; my children married the BEST! I am also the Mimi to Easton, Avett, Emma, Walker, Nathaniel, Trek, Coleman, Paxton, and Lincoln! My family is my greatest joy and my greatest encouragement on this side of heaven...


My connection to Beauty for Ashes began over 28 years ago while reading Isaiah 61, during my morning quiet time. God breathed a dream into every fiber of my soul and Beauty for Ashes became my heartbeat.  Much transpired in our lives from that point forward, but the God-breathed dream became a God-sized reality for mothers and their children when the home and property was dedicated and opened its doors in October 2015.


I began hiking mountains to find healing and relief from the grief that literally "engulfed" me after losing my Dad to a long battle with cancer. Through God's presence in the tranquility of His creation and pushing myself through the challenges of conquering mountains, I began a healing journey. This mountainous healing journey transcends into every area of my life and I try my best to "share" this with others; thus all the hikes I plan…


My inspiration for this hike, and every day for that matter is my dream-breathing, heavenly Father, my family, my beloved Dad, my selfless Mom, and the women and children God entrusts to my care at the Beauty for Ashes Women and Children's Home.

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