2016 makes my fourth year Swimming to the Moon for North Star Reach. Today, July 17, 2016, marks the start of the second-ever camp session at North Star Reach, for children with congenital heart issues (last week was for kids with organ transplants; next week is for kids with sickle cell, hemophilia, and other blood disorders). I have the distinct privilege of not just being a North Star Reach fundraiser but also a North StarvReach parent. My son, Bryce, is attending camp for the very first time in his life with other young heart patients. I'm not sure who was more excited this afternoon: Bryce, finally able to safely go to camp with kids just like him, or me, my eyes amazed by the amazing facilities that now occupy the grounds we've ridden through to reach the waterfront for our swim. Even the waterfront is drastically different! Just because North Star Reach is now open does not mean the work is done. The Aquatic Center, which will feature an accessible swimming pool, is still under construction, as is the camp's Welcome Center. Other facilities, including the Waterfront Pavilion, have yet to be started. In addition to the facilities, it's very important to bear in mind that these young campers attend North Star Reach FREE of charge. Fundraising helps cover the costs of food, utilities, supplies, equipment, grounds maintenance, you name it, plus the salary of the medical staff that is at the camp 24/7, ensuring that the kids -- who all have serious or life-threatening medical issues-- can finally and safely enjoy summer camp. I am swimming to raise funds to help North Star Reach achieve its goals and continue to make kids' summer dreams come true. Please consider supporting my fundraiser so that kids like Bryce have a chance to go to camp. Thank you!