Erin Crozier via Crowdrise
December 03, 2015
BENEFITING: Eagle Mount - Bozeman
Cancer sucks; on that we can agree. Thankfully, there's a place in Montana that can make it suck just a little bit less for the whole family. Unfortunately, full family camps like Camp Braveheart are rare, and with the expense of treatment, lost wages from time taken off work, and lodging near childhood treatment centers, it is really difficult for most families to make it out to Montana to take advantage of this opportunity. This is why I am starting The Braveheart Fund to provide travel assistance for out-of-state families to attend camp in Montana. I hope you'll consider contributing what you can to the fund, whether it's $1 or $1,000, or somewhere in between.
Camp Braveheart is one of the five camp programs that make up Big Sky Kids, a program of Eagle Mount - Bozeman in Bozeman, MT. Big Sky Kids provides camps for children with cancer, and Camp Braveheart is a special camp for the entire family. Each year, typically in July, children with cancer ages 5-10 are invited, along with their entire immediate family, to a small camp on a mountain lake near Bozeman, MT for five days of camp fun and camaraderie.
Childhood cancer has a unique and often difficult effect on each member of the family, and Camp Braveheart provides an opportunity for the entire family to heal together with others who have some understanding of what they've been through. Over the four years I have been at the camp, as both a camp director and a volunteer, I have seen these brief five days rejuvenate, refresh, reignite hope or tenuous bonds, and yes, even change lives. Thanks to many generous monetary and in-kind donations and grants, Camp Braveheart is provided to the families at no cost. Unfortunately, because there are inevitable limits to any non-profit's budget, no support is currently provided for transportation to Montana. This means that the camp is often out-of-reach for anyone living outside of Montana and occasionally neighboring states.
There are many wonderful camp programs across the country for children with cancer and their siblings; however, the opportunity for the entire family to have a full camp experience like they can at Camp Braveheart is unique. For example, in the 10 camps of Region 4 of the Children's Oncology Camping Association, which covers all of the Southeast including my home of Georgia, there are several programs for families, but all of these are limited to a weekend or a day. The opportunity to ease transportation costs for families would begin to expand the accessibility of this five-day family camp to more families, as well as to ease the burden on those who make it a priority to attend Camp Braveheart regardless of the financial strain.
In this first year of my fundraising efforts, I have set a goal of $2,000 to provide a modest amount of support to families. Donations will go directly to providing transportation reimbursements to out-of-state families. Any amount over $2,000 raised this year will go into an endowment (The Braveheart Fund) aimed at providing a stable source of transportation support in the future. If you prefer, I can also assist you in making a donation directly to the endowment. Tax laws in some states (including Montana) provide substantial incentives for making this type of donation. As I mentioned, any amount will help. Please accept my personal gratitude for your willingness to help families experience Camp Braveheart!