Hi friends!! I’ve started a fundraising team through GoFundMe, raising money for North Star Reach. I hope you will consider making a donation.
When I moved back to Ann Arbor nearly 6 years ago, a friend told me about this camp that was being built for kids that had serious medical challenges and was completely free to attend. As a mom to a child with special needs, it sounded too good to be true. Places like this don’t exist. Turns out, I was wrong. This magical place called North Star Reach does exist.
A few months later, I was offered a hard hat tour of this newly constructed camp and was blown away by how incredible this camp was. So much thought had gone into every single aspect of designing and building this camp. The amphitheater rows were built wide enough so kids in wheelchairs didn’t have to sit on the end of a row, but could sit anywhere they wanted, next to their new found friends. A warming hut was built next to the zero entry pool so that kids with sickle cell could enjoy playing with their friends in the pool but also remain safe. A state of the art medical facility was built so that all of these kids with serious health challenges could attend camp, knowing they were in a safe environment.
Camp opened in 2016 and it was there that campers first learned about the "mooseness". Due to efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus, North Star Reach made the incredibly difficult decision to replace spring and summer in-person camp with innovative virtual camp experiences. As an organization, they have worked incredibly hard on re-thinking the way they deliver camp to families and campers and new ways to support campers and their families during this pandemic. They have now completed two virtual family camps and although they are unable to gather at camp, they are now connecting in meaningful ways online. The best thing about the mooseness? You carry it with you wherever you go. Camp’s not about a place, but the people.
I knew I wanted to be involved with North Star Reach after my first camp tour and so I began volunteering on their event committee which led to co-chairing several events. Over the last few years, I helped start the Young Professionals Board and I am now on the Board of Director’s. At times, North Star Reach has felt like a second home to me. I’ve gotten to know the staff and volunteers and I am so proud to be a part of an organization that truly changes the lives of these kids who otherwise would never get an opportunity to enjoy camp for a week. Because our fundraising events will need to be postponed, it is critical we raise money now to help continue support for our campers. North Star Reach has set a goal of $100,000 to be raised by May 15th and my personal goal is to raise $5,000. Please consider making a donation in any amount if you are able, even if it’s $5 or $10.