As many of you know, Max and I volunteer with Experience Camps, a one week camp for children who have lost a parent, sibling, or primary caregiver. Losing our dad to cancer at 9 and 16, we felt alone in our grief and loss because no one else our age “got it”. Thanks to experience camps, so many young kids don’t have to feel alone in their loss. Camp has provided these kids with a family of people who understand their loss. While no one wants to be apart of our tribe, it feels good to have a community of people you can laugh, cry, and remember your loved on with.
Camp for Max and I is a place where we get to celebrate our dad, create bonds with people who get it, and mentor grieving youth who have experienced the same loss we have. Camp every year is our escape, a time to reflect, run around and be a kid and is truly the best week ever. Due to COVID-19, camp this summer was cancelled. We all rallied and created the best virtual camp experience we could for the kids, but as you can imagine, it was not the same as being at camp, with other kids who have experienced loss, and understand how you feel. The organization as a whole, like many other nonprofits, has taken a hit this year and had to cancel many of our largest fundraising events.
Camp has unquestionably changed my life and so many others. It’s given me the space to openly talk about my grief and create bonds with other volunteers and campers ill have forever. Camp is so special to me because our campers come from such diverse backgrounds, socially, economically, racially, and ethnically yet none of that matters to these campers. They don’t see color, or class they see a friend who understands what they’ve been through. They see a friend who is willing to hug them, and cry with them during times of sadness but also pick them up during time of happiness and strength. Camp is a place for everyone and it is a place that has done so much for so many.
Camp has done so much for Max in I as we continue to grieve our dad and we’d be so thrilled to have your support in getting more kids, just like us, to a place where they can have stability and safety for one week of the year and work through their grief. It takes $2,500 to send a camper to experience camps. Please considering donating to support a cause max and I care so much about and send a kid to camp, they need us now more then ever.