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Get the "dis" out of disability: Support wheelchair youth & young adults surfing in Costa Rica

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I'm relaunching my fundraiser in memory of Jake. ❤️
March 26, 2017

BENEFITING: OCEAN HEALING GROUP INC

ORGANIZER: Mary

Leslie Hamburger

THE STORY:

Ocean Healing Group (OHG) is “dedicated to providing once in a lifetime, adaptive sports adventures to wheelchair bound youngsters and their parents.” Their mission is "to expose kids to a wide variety of sports and activities, things they would never have the opportunity to experience otherwise... including but not limited to surfing, snorkeling, zip-line tours, fishing, quad riding, nature tours, and horseback riding."

My buddy Jake Benarth (who's in a few of the slideshow photos, starting with the first one; yes, the handsome, jubilant dude) is the youngest son of my very dear friend, Mary.  He became A-T free March 22, 2017.  A-T is Ataxia-Telangiectasia. A-T sucks. For the majority of Jake's 30 years, A-T compromised his life in countless ways, including putting him in a wheelchair at 10 years old.  And A-T has now left so many of us sad, heartbroken and deeply missing Jake.  But Jake, and his parents, wouldn't let A-T dictate what he could and couldn't do. And neither did Ocean Healing Group.  Jake loved OHG and was a regular at their awesome adaptive surfing retreat, Shaka Beach in Costa Rica. In memory of Jake, I’m relauncing my OHG fundraiser from 2015.  All the money raised will be used exclusively to fund an OHG adaptive sports adventure for participants and their families. These funds will not be used for administrative overhead or providing staff for the camp.  All camp volunteers and ambassadors pay their own way.

The one-week camps cost between $8,000 and $10,000 per camp, depending on airfare (participant and one family member).  In addition to airfare, cost includes: hotel stay, meals, transportation and excursions. Typically the camp hosts 3-4 participants and their families, with a total of about 20 people including the volunteers. 

Please consider making a donation to support Ocean Healing Group and to ensure that wheelchair youth and young adults can continue to enjoy the life changing experience of Shaka Beach Retreat that Jake so much enjoyed. And please make your donation in memory of Jacob Benarth.  

Thank you,

Leslie
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To This Fundraiser

$2,410

MONEY RAISED
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  • Anonymous

    $50

  • butler

    $10

  • Michael & Karen Boldosser

    $20

  • Marie U'Ren

    $25

  • Susan Wilford

    $100

  • Dudley

    $40

  • Eileen Janes

    $25

  • Pam seale

    $100

  • MaryCay & Ward Russell

    $50

  • Roy and Dael Cowdrey

    $25

  • Judann Culver

    $25

  • Patricia Shaw

    $100

  • Jim & Sharon Demarest

    $50

  • Tina Carlisle

    $45

  • Susan Butler

    $35

  • Bill & Carol Gordean

    $100

  • Mary Pat & Steve

    $25

  • Gail Wingett-Neal

    $100

  • Lisa Fenstermacher

     

  • Jenny

    $40

  • mary sutherland

    $50

  • Jane De Briyn

    $100

  • Diane & Tom Beyers

     

  • Jim Chesney

    $100

  • Molly Dessert

    $25

  • Mary-Ann & Scott Milligan

    $25

  • Simone Friedman

    $100

  • Jacquie Landers

    $30

  • evie/Lou & Leah Stroller

    $50

  • Lori Wadsworth

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $25

  • Mary Sutherland

    $100

  • Lisa Fenstermacher

     

  • Lori wadsworth

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Hanna Family

    $50

  • Ann Thompson and her kids.

    $100

  • Molly Dessert

    $25

  • Simone Friedman

    $250

  • Jim & Sharon Demarest

    $100

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48% Raised of $5,000 Goal

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The Team: $4,365 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Leslie Hamburger

Amount Raised

$2,410

 

48% Raised of $5,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Mary Benarth

Amount Raised

$1,955

 

20% Raised of $10,000 Goal

Fundraiser Title

Jo Dobrowski

Amount Raised

$0

Donor Comments

Jim & Sharon Demarest

Jim & Sharon Demarest

DONATION: $100

In loving memory of Jake Benarth 4 months ago

Simone Friedman

Simone Friedman

DONATION: $250

In Memory of Jake 5 months ago

Molly Dessert

Molly Dessert

DONATION: $25

In Memory of Jake Benarth 6 months ago

Ann Thompson and her kids.

Ann Thompson and her kids.

DONATION: $100

In memory of Jake and of my mom who would support this cause. 6 months ago

Hanna Family

Hanna Family

DONATION: $50

6 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $50

6 months ago

Lori wadsworth

Lori wadsworth

DONATION: $50

6 months ago

Lisa Fenstermacher

Lisa Fenstermacher

In Memory of Jake! 6 months ago

Mary Sutherland

Mary Sutherland

DONATION: $100

Jake you were a warrior--we will continue fighting for you 6 months ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $25

In memory of Kary Kopecky 2 years ago