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On October 21st, I will be riding in Spin For Kids to raise money for Camp Twin Lakes, an incredible organization that provides camp programs for children with serious illnesses, disabilities, and other life challenges. In 2016, Camp Twin Lakes served over 10,000 campers, levereged support from 3,500 volunteers, and subsidized 70% ($550/week) of the direct camp costs for every camper served.
Why I Ride
I'm participating in Spin For Kids because I want to make a difference in the lives of CTL campers. Every $110 I raise funds a day of camp for a Camp Twin Lakes camper. During just one day at CTL, that camper could climb the rock wall for the first time, share a hidden talent at a talent show, learn about healthy eating through a fun cooking class, and make new friends who understand what it's like to take medicine every day or spend time in the hospital. Camp gives kids an opportunity to build their confidence and capabilities without worrying about their extraordinary day to day challenges.
Many of you know that my job at Camp Twin Lakes is to run Family Warrior Weekends, Families of Fallen Soldiers weekend and Camp Corral kids camp (formally Kids Serve II Camps). These programs are for both the adults and children in the US Military that have been effected by service and deployment often in volatile places such as Iraq and Afghanistan as well as families who have suffered a tremendous loss of losing their family member during their service to our great country. These weekends allow the families to feel a sense of normality and that they're not alone, which they unfortunately do most of the time. It allows them to gain resources and empower them in their journey to heal and rebuild their families. And also very importantly, the weekend allows them to play together as a family!
I also have the privilege of running Camp Corral kids camp, formally Kids Serve II Camp, which is for any child of a parent who is Wounded, Ill, Injured or Fallen. These children deal with moving every few years, one parent being absent a majority of the time and having to help the other parent with all the grown up duties like being a caregiver to other siblings or a wounded parent. This camp allows these kids to just be kids and meet other kids in similar situations!
Why You Should Sponsor Me
100% of the money you donate goes directly to campers at Camp Twin Lakes, so your gift will truly make a difference in a child's life! I'm taking the challenge to ride and fundraise to give children an incredible Camp experience, and I hope you'll support me as I change gears to change lives!