As you may know, we have a son David that has had 2 kidney transplants. The first one he received in 1989 from his Dad and the second one from me in 2002. David has been lucky to have never had to be on dialysis and to have led a very active, athletic life. We have learned through our experience, how children with serious health challenges desperately just want to be a "normal" kid. They want to play and experience life like all the other kids and they want friends who understand. The NKFM understood these needs and sponsored the Transplant Games. These were Olympic style athletic competitions for transplanted athletes. David first participated in 1992 with transplanted children with new kidneys, livers and even hearts. He gained friends, understanding, confidence and even a few gold metals. It was a great time.
A few years ago, I was asked to help build a camp for children with serious health challenges. The Camp is known as North Star Reach (NSR). We had supported Camp Michitacki, a free camp experience for transplanted children and were excited to help build a permanent handicap accessible camp to help more of the midwest region's children. Because of an awesome staff, dedicated Board members and many generous donors (like you, I hope), Camp is being constructed in Pinckney, MI. To learn more, go to: www.northstarreach.org Please consider a donation to NSR. We have only $4M left to make our $26M goal....please help...it will change a child's life forever. Thanks!
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