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Our friends, the Shipmans, are doing something pretty incredible over the 4th of July weekend. They are participating in a fundraising event that benefits families with children who have life-threatening illnesses. Have you ever heard of Camp Sunshine?? I hadn't until Shannon brought it to my attention and WOW I am so impressed with what they do.
Camp Sunshine is an entirely volunteer-based organization that provides week-long experiences/ opportunities for these families. This gives the family time for rest, recreation, and support, all while promoting hope and joy in their circumstances. Shannon also told me that this is the ONLY organization that provides this kind of support to the entire family. This is huge because these kinds of illnesses are heartbreaking and effect the whole family. Companies, individuals, teams, etc. sponsor these families for an entire week, so they can have this experience without worrying about the cost.
2014 was the first year for the SEALS for Sunshine event and the guys swam 13 miles (the length of Lake Sabego) and it took them 6.5 hours, in super cold water. WHOA, sounds fun huh?? These guys are awesome! This year the fundraising event consists of three different swims, three bike sprints, two road runs, a trail run, and a four mile paddle to complete the craziness! The website says that this event is specifically designed by the SEALS to mimic the ups and downs a Camp Sunshine family faces after the diagnosis. The event alone sounds intense but what these families face is much more challenging.
Not only are the Shipmans raising funds, participating in the physical aspect of raising money, but they will also be at the camp for an entire week with the families. They will actively engage these families and get to know them. The week ends with a Gala, where most the money is raised. The more I hear about this event and this camp, the more I fall in love. What a life-chafing experience for these families and the volunteers.
With all of the sadness and terror in this world, it feels good to know that we can make a positive difference in someone's life. Giving just a small amount of money, we can help these families on the road to recovery and hope. It makes me tear up just thinking about it. I'm so thankful to know these wonderful people who are going to participate in this event this year.
If you would like to know more you can visit the SEALS for Sunshine website here or donate to our friend's fundraising page. I know they would greatly appreciate the support!