BENEFITING: The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
In 1988, Paul Newman opened The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Connecticut so that children coping with serious illnesses could have a special hideout where they could simply be kids. The Camp, which served 288 campers its first year, has 25,000 children and family members now experiencing “a different kind of healing” annually. Each year, 2,500 are served onsite and 20,000 visits by the Hospital Outreach Program bring the fun and friendship of Camp into more than 25 sites throughout the Northeast – all free of charge.
When you turn in the the dirt road leading up to the Camp, the first thing you are greeted by is a colorful sign. “Yippee! You’re here!” it reads. For more than twenty years, shy first-time campers have been entering our gates and leaving one week later, filled with happy memories. In each of the nine Camp sessions, approximately 120 children learn that they can do more than they ever thought possible. For many, this is the first time in their lives that they haven't felt like, "The sick kid," rather, "just one of the kids."
2014 marks my 4th time riding the Hole in the Wall Camp Challenge. This camp is the most special place on Earth, giving the greatest gift to some of the most special children on Earth! One week of normalcy!