This Sunday I am going on a little 26.2 mile jaunt through the five boroughs as part of the New York City Marathon. I need your help!
I have chosen to raise money and awareness for Camp Living Wonders, a special-needs summer camp at which I was privileged to serve as a counselor this past July. Camp Living Wonders is being built from the ground up to serve children with developmental, sensory integration, behavioral, and autism-spectrum disorders, among others, in an environment that caters to their level of ability and gives them the chance to stand out where they'd otherwise be too shy or distracted. For many of our campers, these ten days of sleepaway camp were the first and by far the longest time spent away from home, allowing them to develop their independence, experience adapting to a new environment, and make new friends from around the country. As a counselor, our work also included intensive training on techniques for non-verbal communicators, handling of unpredictable mood dynamics, and responding as a team to a variety of safety scenarios.
You can learn more about the camp at their site, and see a video montage from this past summer on this page! Look for me at 3:20 and 5:51, and in the group shot at the end. Yes, I was in charge of the parachute, which was a camp-wide favorite activity!
I would love to raise $2000, which would equate to two half-tuition scholarships for families that might not otherwise be able to afford sending a child. Every bit counts towards the food, supplies, and training that made this place a reality this past summer, with plans to only grow bigger and expand their range of services offered each year.
#1: Donate directly on the Camp Living Wonders website (above) with PayPal or a credit card. No minimum donation, but PLEASE send me an email afterward that you donated, and how much, so I can add it to the totals because I won't get any notification directly.
#2. Give me cash today or tomorrow and I will write your name down, Thursday, Friday, or any day next week (but preferably tomorrow, if you want to see me in costume!)
#3. You can donate online at this website, but there is a $10 minimum.
I would graciously appreciate any contribution you are able to make, financially, or even just by cheering me on. If you contribute any amount, you will be entered into a raffle for some fun prizes like a Starbucks gift card and medical school stuff. I will also make a few extra incentives:
If you donate $10 or more, you get to pick a song for my race-day playlist.
If I raise over $500 by Wednesday night, I will wear a classic sci-fi uniform costume to school on Thursday for Halloween, and Dr. Rich will take care of my hair. Think about it, that's just $5 each from 100 people, and there are over 300 of us in this building... so convince all your friends to chip in. Do it for the kids!
Thank you so much for all of your support!
Race day information:
My Bib # is 61210
You can track me online or with the official Marathon App. I will also be tracking and auto-tweeting my progress via @howsim for as long as my phone battery holds out. My start time is 10:55am, and I anticipate passing through Harlem in the home stretch some time between 3:30pm and 4:30pm.