Making a Difference in the Life of a Seriously Ill Child
Since 1981, Swedish Motors has been taking care of vehicles in and around Marietta, PA. Many of our customers may not realize we’re also passionate about taking care of people when we have the opportunity to do so. We’re a proud sponsor of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp for seriously ill children and their families and we have a lofty goal we hope you’ll help us achieve by participating in our 4th Annual Swedish Motors Golf Tournament on July 30th. 2016. We’re hoping to raise enough money to send 20 children to camp. Why are we so passionate about this particular camp and its campers? Read on and we’re sure you’ll agree we’ve chosen an extremely worthwhile cause to support.
What is The Hole in the Wall Camp?
In 1988, the legendary Paul Newman (known not only for his acting but also for his philanthropic works and love of nature) founded the Ashford, Conn., The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp with a simple mission. Newman wanted to create a special place that would allow seriously ill children aged 7-15 to experience the magic, friendships and fun of attending summer camp. Since its inception, the camp has added programs for healthy siblings of campers and parents, and created a hospital outreach program to take the camp to the hospital rooms of kids who can’t attend in person. The Hole in the Wall blends traditional camp activities like fishing, horseback riding, swimming and crafts with the unobtrusive (often extensive) medical support campers need.
From the Mouths of Babes
There’s no shortage of deserving charities and causes who desperately need financial assistance to make their visions a reality. Why is providing a unique summer experience for seriously ill kids, free of charge to their families so important? Here are excerpts from a camper’s and a parent’s story, respectively.
- “Camp made me realize I was not a victim … (at camp) I (was) not an awkward embarrassment because I had leukemia.”
- “Not only did Brendan enjoy the camp, it allowed Brendan to enjoy what would be the last full week of his life…he became known as the Bait King as he helped others bait their hooks and told everyone everything they ever wanted to know about fish.” (Brendan passed away days after returning from camp.)
You Can Help Make Dreams Come True!
Are you ready to make a positive difference in the lives of children enduring serious illnesses? Are you ready to show these kids’ families that they’re not alone — that even strangers care about their struggles? Contact us at Swedish Motors and sign up for our August 1st tournament and luncheon at Highlands of Donegal in Mount Joy. What could be better than having a good time for a great cause?