BENEFITING: Amputee Coalition
ORGANIZER: Amputee Coalition
I need your help!!
This link is a fundraising page that will help Amputee Coalition to host 100 kids at this life changing camp. I have attended the camp for about 8yrs and it has made me a better person in so many ways. After being a camper for about 6 years and a counselor for 2 years I have been able to truly see the impact it has on people. When I was 11 or 12 years old I went the this camp for the very first time and I learned more about myself in that one week then I had the years before. I learned that there where people in the world that could relate to my situation, I become more confident in myself and my abilities and I also met some amazing friends. I know that you can make friends anywhere but the friends you can make at this camp as an amputee is one different because you know you have a friend who you can talk to about life and more specifically about things that come with being an amputee. I know that Alexandra Capellini and I have been friends for many years because of this camp and we get excited and understand each other when we say "I'm getting a new leg", "Getting my leg adjusted today" and even just talk about the pain your in or something that might have happened with your prosthesis. Yes everyone around you could excited with you or sympathize for your pain but its nice to have someone who can truly understand! It's kinda like if you go through a trial in life that not many can attest to and someone is trying to comfort you and says "I understand what you are going through" when in all reality they don't and it doesn't really help you feel comfort....you want someone who can truly understand.
Not only can you build those type of friendships but you are pushed to try new things by people who understand how difficult it could be and give you suggestions on how to do it differently. Every year I see amazing things happen at this camp.... some years its someone with one arm being taught by someone else with 1 arm how to tie a shoe, paint nails, to button a shirt, put on a shoe and even how to put their hair in a ponytail. All of those are little things to most people but to someone who wants to be independent and do these things alone it means the world...countless times I have seen people crying happy tears because it was something they always saw impossible. My first year of camp I was able to witness something amazing. A little girl named Lexi lost her leg to cancer a few years prior to attending camp and still had not learned to walk my cabin of girls decided that in the 4 days of camp she would walk as much as she could even though she didn't really want to. They all encouraged her EVERY single day and wanted to show her the importance of walking. So everyday when she woke up the girls would make sure she would wear her prosthetic leg and then myself and Gena Keszei would walk beside her as her "crutches". She constantly told us that it was "to Hard", "It hurt", "why are you making me do this?" and "I am so mad at you!" but you know what?! When it came down to it the girls in my cabin would make sure that she saw the importance and even help as a personal "crutch" for her. They skipped the activities that I am sure they would have loved just to be with Lexi and make sure she was not left out.Haley Tyrrell was one of my campers that year and had lost her legs a few years previous due to cancer and remembers well what it was like to learn to walk again... Haley quickly became one of Lexi's favorite people because Haley was constantly talking her through her fear of trusting the prosthetic leg, show her how to kick the knee out when walking and Lexi shared with me that it was nice to have someone who understood her fear...Then we had the camp dance and although Lexi was scared with the help of some people she got out there and danced and had the biggest smile I had ever seen!...I know that doesn't sound that exciting but if you attended at camp that year you would understand... The last night of camp each year we have a camp fire and each cabin prepares a skit and performs it. Well that year the girls in my cabin planned something different...instead of a skit the girls wanted to surprise me and have Lexi take her first steps alone on stage in front of everyone. Although, she did end up taking her first steps alone she was pretty close and what was important was that the entire cabin backed this young lady and wanted to see her walk and Lexi to this day asks about every single one of the girls who helped that year of camp.
Anyway, the things I talked about above are just a few of the many things that makes this camp so amazing. I would really appreciate if you can donate but if not please share on your page and I please be praying for the camp and that although its not specifically a "Christian camp" that those who are saved will be able to share and that people will come to know the Lord!
GO GIRLS TEAM!!
P.S I know that I can't relay the stories as well I would hope but its just to give you an idea of what takes place in just a few days at this camp.
Also, Sorry in advance for any typos.Amputee Coalition wrote -
This is the girls' fundraising page for the Amputee Coalition’s 2014 Boys vs. Girl Camp Fundraising Challenge. We hope that this challenge will raise enough money to send 100 kids to camp this July. The Amputee Coalition's Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp is a 5-day traditional summer camp experience for children ages 10-17 who have lost arms and/or legs or who were born with limb differences. The Coalition covers all expenses, including travel, for the campers. The average cost to send a child to camp is $1,800.
Please donate to this page or join the team and start fundraising to help the girls beat the boys in this year’s challenge!
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