If you don't have a child with medical challenges, you may not fully understand this. If you do have a child with these challenges, I hope that your son or daughter has been blessed with a camp to call "home" like Marisa has. This year would have been Marisa's 10th and final year of her camp. She attended Camp Michitanki for organ recipients for 8 years. Last year she "graduated" to Solstice Camp. She is now 17 and will be too old to attend as a camper next year. I have no doubt that she will return as a counselor when she is eligible, but she is very sad to miss her last year at camp. It's difficult to put into words what North Star Reach means to Marisa and our family. She has made life-long friends who share similar medical struggles. She found a place where she fits in and thrives. She conquered fears. She learned to swallow pills at 8 years old. She has developed amazing relationships with her doctor and nurses that reach far beyond the clinic doors. North Star Reach has helped her become the young woman she has grown into. Covid-19 has taken a lot away from all of us. It has taken this safe haven of camp from so many medically challenged children and teens. North Star Reach is still working hard to bring camp experiences to our kids through virtual camps and delivering "camp magic" to the homes of the campers. While it could never equal a true camp experience, it means so much to those who are missing it this year. North Star Reach never charges families for their campers to attend camp. They run completely by donations and fundraising events. Funds are tight for so many people right now. We are living through a difficult time emotionally and economically. If you are able to donate even a small amount, you will help bring a smile to the face of a child. Every dollar makes a difference.