I am excited to help the lovely new lady in my life, 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.
Maria works with Aurora Day Camp, which provides a much-needed opportunity for children with cancer and their families to enjoy a summer camp. Without this camp, these kids would be sitting home, unable to enjoy the type of summer camp experience everyone would like for their kids. As children with cancer with compromised immune systems cannot attend regular day camp programs families and working parents need every summer.
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 two healthy boys and friends. 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.
My personal goal is $1,000 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.
While we cannot host AuroraWALKS in person due to COVID, our team is committed to this magical mission. Every dollar counts.
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.
While COVID -19 has wreaked havoc on the world we live in, these very special children need us now more than ever. Thanks 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 Maria and I, as we celebrate our team reaching our goal!