Thank you for visiting my fundraising page for Camp Kesem! Last year I shaved my head to raise money for this wonderful organization, but this year I am so excited to represent Camp Kesem as I run the Half Marathon at the Ascension Seton Austin Marathon. Camp Kesem is a student-run organization that supports children impacted by a parent’s cancer this summer. There are about 5 million children in the United States who have been affected by a parent’s cancer, and I had the opportunity to meet one of them when I volunteered at camp last summer.
His camp name was “Zeus”, and he was a first-time camper. He orignally was having a hard time buying into the whole "camp" thing, as he acted like the guy who was "too cool" for it. During the course of the week he gradually began to open up little by little, and on the fourth day he felt comfortable enough to share the passing of his mother with our entire unit. It was no easy feat for him as he mentioned that he had not really talked to anyone about it before that day, but because of how accepted he felt at camp he felt as though he could share. After that day he became one of our most involved campers. He would cheer on the rest of our unit, be an example for the younger kids, and even found himself singing camp songs. I will never forget the day we left camp. Zeus came up to me and thanked me for the week. He told me "I've found my new family. I can't wait to come back next year!"
Help me send campers like Zeus to camp by donating to my fundraising page!
Thank you so much for your generosity!!
Connor "Shamrock" Dillon