The HITWGC was founded in 1988 by Paul Newman with one simple premise in mind, that every child, no matter their illness, could experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand in hand with camp. The Camp serves more than 20,000 children and family members annually, all services free of charge. More than 1,000 children attend the signature summer program from June to August. The summer program alone has served more than 21,000 children since Camp began in 1988. In the non-summer months, they serve an additional 3,000 children and their family members through camper reunions, family weekends, parent retreats and programs for the community. Through their Hospital Outreach Program, the HITWGC has provided 18,000 child visits to the bedsides of seriously ill hospitalized children over the course of a year.
I can personally attest that the HITWGC is a very special place where “sick kids can be just kids”. In 2000, I reluctantly attended a HITWGC weekend event in Ashford, CT sponsored by the David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic. The event’s mission was to allow adolescents with cancer to meet each other in a “safe environment”. Personally, it was one of the most memorable weekends of my life and it was at that point I recognized the importance of being a “cancer survivor” and to embrace the fact cancer had and will forever be a part of my life’s journey.
After my initially exposure to the power of the mission of the HITWGC, I volunteered a week out of the next 6 summers to be a counselor at the HITWGC for kids suffering from a range of immune disorders (i.e. cancer, sickle cell anemia, HIV/AIDS, and hemophilia). Now, as a father, I often reflect about those summer weeks and the time I spent interacting with those wonderful kids – truly an experience that words can’t describe. At this point in my life, I feel a need to be an active part of the HITWGC community once again.
In September, I will ride in the HITWGC’s 6th Annual Camp Challenge Ride. This 60 mile ride starts and ends at the HITWGC in Ashford, CT. There is a “party” and “family” feel throughout the event and I welcome the opportunity to make new memories.
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