BENEFITING: The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
EVENT DATE: Sep 06, 2014
In 1988, Paul Newman opened the first Hole in the Wall Gang Camp here in Connecticut so that seriously-ill children would have a place where they could have some serious fun. The camp is still going strong today, now with many locations across the United States and around the world.
Campers' families are put at ease because children can attend camp at no charge and have access to outstanding medical staff and equipment while they are on site.
Children fighting cancer are heroes to me. In the past, I have worked at ALSAC/St. Jude to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital (so that families can receive affordable care). When I lived in Washington, DC, I tutored hospitalized pediatric cancer patients through the Ronald McDonald House.
Throughout the years, I have supported the camps but in less direct ways. I often purchase Newman's Own products and have taught the kids why doing so is a good thing. Last spring, Paige and I participated in an event at our local sewing store where we made eight pillowcases to be used by Hole in the Wall Gang campers. (Bedding supplies had been lost in Hurricane Sandy.)
But now I'd like to take things up a notch. I have paid to participate in the race. Because I am a first-time participant runner, any money that I raise beyond $100 will be matched.
Paige will be volunteering at the event. The tremendous experiences she has had camp are also part of my motivation - all kids should be able to experience such fun times and lasting memories.
Please consider donating. Individually, we are strong. Together, we are stronger!