Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Near & Dear to Our Hearts

As most of you know, we have attended Camp Cheerio every May since our son came home.  Our son Nik is deaf due to AN (auditory neuropathy) and has two cochlear implants to help him hear.  To say this camp has special meaning to us would be an understatement.  I truly don't know where we'd be today not having gone.  Really, I don't.  It is more than just a camp for the weekend for us.  It teaches us.  Every single time we've gone, we have learned something new to be better able to help our children.  Not just Nik either!  And our kids.  Boy oh boy. They have learned the most.  They have learned what friendship is, volunteering, Deaf culture, new sports and the list could go on forever really.  It is one of two things they look forward to every single year.  This more so than Christmas.  Kid you not!  Shoot, Nik has already started to ask.  The older kids tell their new sibs every year what it will be like.  Incredible friendships form.  You must remember, to some of my kids, this is the ONLY place they have gone and felt welcomed and part of a group.  I could go on all day about this place and what meaning it has to our family.  Every year we go, we use our tax money to help pay for it.  This year with two adoptions and medical expenses, it is not possible to do that.  So, we decided to create a GoFundMe account which will help not only our family but hopefully a few others be able to attend and also help their children reach their fullest potential.  We need approximately $1,000 to attend camp.  Anything raised about that amount will go to fund scholarships for other families wanting to attend but financially not able.  Our goal is to raise $5,000.  It is a long shot but nothing is impossible.  Having other families experience the sheer joy and hope that their child will indeed be okay, is truly overwhelming to think about.  We can do this together.  So, here is the link.  Please feel free to share everywhere.  This camp is life changing for so many.  Helps immensely.  Would mean the world if we could go this year and help others get the chance to go as well.  Thanks.

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