Carrie McNish's Camp Kita fundraising page!
Being a part of Camp Kita the past two years has been such an incredible experience. With your help, we have raised $22, 441 for this amazing organization. Your contributions are what make this camp happen! Every single penny that you donate goes directly toward camp tuition because every single person that works the week-long suicide support camp for these kids volunteers their time, their skill and their heart.
This year, while I have chosen not to run the Boston Marathon (and allow other runners the opportunity to run), I am so excited and grateful to be a part of this amazing group of volunteers and raise money again...to make Kita happen next summer (July 12-18 in Rome, Maine).
This past summer, I volunteered a whole week of my time at Camp Kita as a mentor (click here to read my recap). A mentor is someone who has also experienced the loss of a loved one by suicide and builds a relationship of support with their group of kids. I had 16 teenagers. I laughed with them. I cried with them. I helped them. I decompressed. I even wrote a burn letter to my brother, Michael. Being a mentor was one of the toughest things I have ever done...and with your generous donation, I can do it again this summer.
2020 marks the 15 year anniversary of losing my little brother to suicide (Michael Thomas Jankowski, 3/5/75 to 8/17/05). It has taken many years, but I have finally funneled my loss into something so meaningful to help others manage their loss. Please help me help others. Your thoughtful donation is greatly apprecited.
Click here to visit my running blog and read more about my running journey.
Camp Kita Mission
Our mission at Camp Kita is to provide a safe, constant environment for young survivors of suicide, by giving direction through common interests, activities and grief management.
Camp Kita Vision
Our vision is to provide a safe, nurturing environment where child survivors can connect with one another while learning constructive ways to deal with the often unspeakable and fierce emotion of losing a loved one to suicide. By creating a space for child survivors, we effectively ease the stigma around what it means to have lost someone to suicide. The campers’ shared loss and experience affords them the opportunity of forming deep, knowing bonds with others and thereby forging supportive connections that we hope will last a lifetime. As a community of survivors, our week-long focus will be to provide and explore constructive forms of self-expression. We will practice self-awareness as a way of identifying feelings and communicating them in a focused way. Our focus on grief—on shattering apart—will dovetail with an equally important focus on hope—the power and purpose of piecing oneself together. Most importantly, we will empower campers to utilize the tools and resources we provide so that they may draw upon them throughout their lives.
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For a brief vidoe on Camp Kita from NBC news, click here.