I am excited to help my dear friend Maria Myler as a walker on her team, Maria’s Clan Spreads Smiles in AuroraWALKS, a virtual campaign to raise awareness and much needed funds for Aurora Day Camp.
Aurora Day Camp is Georgia’s only full summer day camp for children with cancer and their siblings, ages 3 1⁄2 –16 who are in active or follow-up treatment for cancer, completely free of charge. Aurora gives families normalcy, hope, relief and a unique opportunity for patients and siblings to be together. Camp is not about cancer, but smiles, fun and children being children.
I am grateful for many blessings in my life, my sweet John, our incredible support network when I have faced health challenges, my healthy kids and my incredible grandsons, who are such a gift to us all. As a pediatrician, I have seen the impact of pediatric cancer on children and their families.
Aurora is filling a critical gap in the social and recreational needs of these children not provided by any other organization. Aurora on Wheels, the in-hospital program, brings relief for families during grueling chemotherapy visits. Aurora is part of the Sunrise Association serving over 5,000 children worldwide.
I am proud to help Maria, who has helped me and so many lupus patients when she helped lead the fight for lupus patients and research in her role at the Georgia Chapter. I also treasure my personal friendship with Maria and her family.
While we cannot host AuroraWALKS in person due to COVID, our Clan across the globe and I are committed to this magical mission. Every dollar counts.
My personal goal is $1000 and our team goal is $18,000. It costs $6,000 to send one child to camp for the entire summer and our Clan can help ensure AuroraWALKS reaches the $125,000 goal help hundreds of families impacted by pediatric cancer.
This summer, Aurora accomplished something extraordinary by transitioning to an all summer long virtual camp that provided endless fun for nearly 150 campers who enjoyed activities with their friends and counselors.
Take a moment to watch this powerful video below.
While COVID -19 has wreaked havoc on the world we live in, these very special children need us now more than ever. Thank you so much for helping Maria and I bring joy to children with cancer. Our Aurora WALKS Virtual Celebration is on Sunday, September 13th, 10:00AM. I will send you a picture of us as we celebrate our team reaching our goal!
Dr. Melissa Hughes.