BENEFITING: The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
EVENT: Team HITW NYC Marathon 2016
EVENT DATE: Nov 06, 2016
Canoeing… Talent shows… Swimming in the lake… Color Wars… Fresh S’mores around the bonfire…
Kids get to enjoy summer for about 90 days each year, and I watched my sister miss three years of them with leukemia. While her friends were competing for biggest cannonball splash off the diving board, or running through the woods having water gun fights, she was often either home or ina hospital, awaiting their visit when they were done with camp for the day. One thing she could look forward to, however, during those monotonous 90 days, was Captain Tom’s weekend in Montauk.
For a weekend every September, Captain Tom invited kids with cancer from across Long Island, along with their healthy siblings and parents, to Montauk. He arranged lodging, fishing trips, hoedowns, barbecues, plane rides, and lobster dinners. Sometimes he had drivers race Ralph Lauren’s Ferraris at 140 mph up and down the street, while he handed out gifts to everyone. Dozens of bald, tired, scrawny, pale kids got to just be kids. Chemo doesn’t take a break, but neither does being a kid.
Captain Tom was an incredible person who gave sick kids like my sister, and their healthy siblings, like me, a weekend of typical summer normalcy once a year. Not all kids are lucky enough to have a Captain Tom in their lives, and for them, the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp has been making summer fun come true for thirty years.
Paul Newman founded the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp with a simple purpose: to ensure that every child with a serious medical condition has thechance to experience the world of possibilities that camp has to offer. After starting as a summer camp in Connecticut, it has expanded to provide programs year round to sick children, and their healthy siblings, throughout the Northeast. Whether they’re at the Camp, going on awesome field trips, or getting a visit from Camp volunteers, the campers at Hole in the Wall Gang are just that. Campers… Kids.
It’s these kids, and their future fellow campers, who make me proud to be running the New York City Marathon this November in support of theHole in the Wall Gang Camp. My trip from Staten Island, through Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx, to the finish line in Manhattan, will help every child build a summer of memories to last a lifetime, but I can’t do it alone. With your help, I am going to raise $4,000 by the time I toe the start line on November 6.
Here’s an idea of what your tax deductible donation can fund:
· $25 buys golf balls, rain ponchos, sidewalk chalk, cotton candy, or playing cards and games
· $50 provides bug spray, diving rings and pool toys, glow bracelets, beads for arts and crafts, or fishing bait
· $100 affords sporting equipment, pottery supplies, cooking ingredients, or tackle boxes
· $250 gets bows and arrows, fishing poles, party supplies, life jackets, or theater costumes
· $500 brings a Hospital Outreach Specialist and the Camp’s activities to a hospital’s pediatric ward for ten visits