This year I have launched my very own campaign to contribute to the Walk for Kids: 100 Sparks of Camp! Here is a brief explanation of how you can participate: Numbers 1-100 are on my Spark Board and each have a contribution from campers, counselors, and families to illustrate what creates that intangible Camp magic that we all know and love. You can choose an amount that is still on the board to donate to my campaign, and I will read aloud the correlating Spark on the back of the number as I remove it off of the board, I will be posting an update on my Instagram and Facebook stories (almost) daily. If all numbers (1-100) are donated, we would have raised $5,050 for the Counselor Team for Camp!! Please consider following along, getting a sense of our beloved Camp community, and donating to help keep this experience completely cost free.
If you want to stay up to date on 100 Sparks of Camp, please join the Facebook event at: https://www.facebook.com/donate/451494449264463/4197099140300568/
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This past year has been difficult to say the least, and everyone has felt the impact of this pandemic in one way or another. Even through COVID-19, Camp has found a way to march on and make it work, delivering our "Camp in a Box" to reach as many campers as we possibly can. Staff, volunteers, and families have worked hard to make sure that camp's magic still reaches our community, and will continue to do so. We need help to fund such amazing efforts, and I humbly ask for any donation or support to enable these programs to continue with maximized effectiveness. Please read below to see how much Camp has impacted me personally, and the endless impact I continue to witness by being a part of this organization.
Camp has been a part of my life for as long as I could remember. As a younger sibling of a cancer survivor, my earliest memories of camp reflect watching my brother get on the bus and leave to experience what would be one of the best weeks of his life, every time. Often I would stand at the bus crying not because I was going to miss my brother, although I did, but because I didn’t get to go just yet. I saw how much he loved Camp, how overflowed his cup was with love afterwards, and how excited he got each time another session was around the corner. I wanted to be a part of that. I needed to be a part of that.
The first summer after turning seven years old, I was finally able to attend my first session at Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. From ages 7 to 18, I never missed a summer and even was able to attend some winters up the mountain. At the age of 10, I was appointed the camp name of "Goldie Locks", eventually shortened to Goldie. Goldie quickly became the very best version of myself.
Camp can only be described as the most magical and loving place that this world has ever seen. You get to connect with people with similar experiences, you get to make friendships that will last a lifetime, and you get to be a part in healing and mindfulness to the campers that only camp can give. Camp has helped shape me into who I am today. I thank camp for why I hold so much compassion in my heart, why I consider myself understanding and caring, and why I always think of how kindness can effect others. Camp is a home to the most wonderful campers, and volunteers who inhibit all of the same amazing qualities you would want your child surrounded by, let alone a child who has witnessed or fought something as evil as cancer.
Camp holds on unmatched amount of love, gratitude, kindness, selflessness, dancing, and growth. Campers gain the confidence they never knew they could hold, and discover that anything is possible for them, and not a single thing can hold them back. Everyone who attends Camp, both campers and volunteers, come out changed and better people. Camp is cost free for all of the campers attending, and the reason this is possible is because of the kindness of donators like (hopefully) yourself! Please consider donating to this wonderful cause, and being a part of something that is so amazing.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me! Talking about camp is one of my favorite things to do, and I am a completely open book with my experiences.
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Information from the Walk for Kids Homepage:
Welcome to our Walk for Kids team page! We hope that you will join us in raising money for camp programs for children with cancer and their families.
For more than thirty five years, Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times has provided cost free camp programs for children with cancer and their families. It is our philosophy that love, care, attention, and above all else, friendship transforms lives and leads to healthy outcomes. Camp provides families with the unique opportunity to pause, smile, connect with others who are facing the same challenges, and renew a sense of hope. At the same time, children develop critical social/emotional skills that are often underdeveloped in patients and siblings who miss out on peer to peer interactions during years of treatment in their formative years.
We know we can’t negate the impact of chemotherapy or reduce the pain that comes with treatment, but we feel that cancer should not take away the opportunity for a child to experience the fun, laughter and joy of life. Camp provides that opportunity and more! Offering children fighting cancer the chance to take a break from hospitals and find the opportunity to just be “kids”.
Please show your support and make a secure online donation by clicking the red Donate Now button to the right of the page. We also invite you to join our team and attend the Walk for Kids on Sunday, April 25th! Please click the red Join My Team! button to the right of the page.
Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you at the Walk for Kids!