Founded in 1988 by Paul Newman, The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp is a community dedicated to providing “a different kind of healing” to children and their families coping with cancer, sickle cell anemia and other serious illnesses. Through summer sessions and family weekend programs at the Camp in Ashford, Connecticut, and year-round outreach to hospitals and clinics throughout the Northeast, the Camp serves more than 20,000 children and family members annually. All services are free of charge.
As a newborn, I was diagnosed with the rare blood disease Thalassemia major and have been living with the terminal illness since I was 9-months old. As someone who does not produce red blood cells, I require monthly blood transfusions to stay healthy. As a child, I was fortunate enough to come to Hole in the Wall summer after summer as a camper. For one week during the summer I was able to have a home away from home with other children who suffered from similar illnesses as me. Every year since camp I have somehow tried to give back to Hole in the Wall. Whether that be volunteering my time as a volunteer counselor or partaking in Hole in the Wall fundraisers like the Cape Cod Ragnar race and now the Boston Marathon. I couldn't be more ecstatic to be running and fundraising for camp as it has such a near and dear place in my heart. I truly appreciate everyone's donation to the cause and can't wait to meet my fundraising goal for camp. :)