We feel so fortunate to be participating in this year's Day of Champions on May 19th. The Day of Champions is a color-war style event which helps raise money for grieving children to go to Experience Camps throughout the country. Experience Camps are free, one-week camps for boys and girls who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver.
We all know someone whose childhood and lives have been forever changed by having to grieve someone they loved and lost. This cause is near and dear to all of our hearts - and for one of our teammates, Roseann Healey Elfstrum - the cause is personal. Roseann and her brothers lost their beloved dad to colon cancer at the age of 44 when they were 3,10 and 11.
At last year's event, several children spoke about how Experience Camps gave them hope and permission to “just be kids.” It was a place where they could remember the person who died or even forget the grief that weighed them down. The children said the camps gave them the chance to feel "normal" because everyone there had been through something similar and understood what it was like to lose someone important to them.
I hope you will support our team in helping this organization grow to reach more kids who need this experience. Last year, the first Day of Champions raised over $145,000 and allowed Experience Camps to open their fifth location in Michigan this summer. Thank you in advance for your support and helping to change children’s lives so profoundly.
Team Monarchs on a Mission