The Fundraising Page of Rebecca Haisman
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A Message From Rebecca Haisman
I hope that the few paragraphs below help you realize why I love Camp Adventure and that it encourages you to support my decision to volunteer my personal time every summer for these amazing children!
What does Camp Adventure mean to me? Well, to put that answer into a few paragraphs seems wrong. How does one condense such an extraordinary experience? Camp Adventure wasn't just a camp for my family, friends and me. Camp was, and still remains, one of the only places where a child and their siblings are able to escape from the pressures of their illness and just be a kid.
I was nine years old when my sixteen year old sister Margie was diagnosed with ALL. Nine. I think back now and realize how young that really was. Her illness caused havoc in my family’s life. As a nine year old, you can imagine how hard it was to experience that. But there was this place where I was able to escape to for one week; a place where every other person there was affected by cancer in some way or another; a place that showed me I wasn't alone; a place where they got me and I got them. My camp family was there through the ups and downs. When times became tough, they were my shoulder to lean on. And they have never left my side since.
Camp Adventure isn't just a sleep away camp; it is the home of our second family. That is why I came back as a volunteer. If it wasn't for Camp Adventure, I am sure that my family's experience with cancer would have been much more difficult. Although Camp Adventure can't take away all the hard times a cancer family experiences, it sure does make it easier.
So what does Camp Adventure mean to me? I guess the answer is actually quite simple. It means family. It means love. It means friendship. But most importantly, it means that you're not alone. And that is one lesson I would never give back.