We hit our goal!
January 21, 2018
Claire L. will turn 8-years-old on her next birthday. She is like many other girls her age -- she enjoys playing with friends, dressing up with makeup and high heels, and watching movies and old Full House reruns. She loves animals (especially horses) and is a hard-working student at school. She's the perfect mix of sweet and stubborn, like a lot of 2nd graders are. But she has one striking difference. Claire was born with a partially amputated left arm due to Amniotic Band Syndrome. As a result of this difference, Claire has become fiercly independent and works hard to teach herself the skills that we (i.e., two-handed folks) are simply unable to. She is smart like that and can figure most things out for herself. But her independence comes at a great cost. Claire is painfully shy and insecure, particularly in new situations and around new people. She will warm up to people eventually, but she is very cautious in opening herself up for fear of rejection and/or humiliation. We believe that through participation in the SheLift mother + daughter ski retreat, Claire will begin to learn self-acceptance and will develop a greater sense of self. We believe that the activities she will experience, the friendships she will develop, and the mentors she will gain will help build the confidence she will need to have a happy and well-adjusted life as a teenager and adult. We are beyond thankful and blessed to have this opportunity and appreciate the donations that will make our participation possible.
SheLift wrote -
All proceeds raised from this fundraiser will go towards providing girls life changing experiences. Because the applicants of the SheLift retreats express a universal theme of feeling "different," we aim to provide a very exclusive, premier experience for our girls that makes them feel anything but different. The goal is to heighten their sense of self value and demonstrate to young women that they are worthy of having incredible life experiences. With that said, we are looking into providing the best resources to our ability, which includes our remote, sometimes hard to get to destinations and activities. Funds from this campaign will be used for flights, ground transportation, lodging, healthy meals and groceries, insurance AND most importantly, the equipment and expertise of adaptive specialists. Funds will also go towards documentation of the experiences and follow up testimonials from the girls about how the trip impacted their lives. Any additional funds raised will go towards creating local continuing events and activities for all girls to participate in, i.e.: day hikes, yoga, cooking classes, shopping events, spa treatmrents, etc.