As many of you know, our youngest children have life-threatening food allergies. While we've had our own personal challenges with this life-threatening condition, it doesn't compare to a child, a family, that has to live with a chronic condition like cerebral palsy, cystic fibrosis, primary immunodeficiency diseases, or even kidney disease and transplants. In fact, while our children's condition is life-threatening, we feel like their condition is nothing in comparison to more serious conditions many children and families have to face on a day-to-day basis.
Although our children have their own stories, from spending nights in the hospital to our oldest slapping our toddler-aged daughter's hand to knock an unknown food out of her grasp (of course, this was in front of a packed restaurant as patrons gasped at the thought of an 8-year-old slapping a 2-year-old), today, I want to share with you the story of an amazing young boy, Ian.
Ian's Story – Fundraiser for The Painted Turtle
Ian is a family friend who's older brother has kidney disease, and the love this family has for each other is boundless. But, beyond the love they have for each other is the love they have for other families who have children with chronic conditions, like themselves.
What many don't realize is that behind a child with a life-threatening illness is a family, and many times, a large family that consists of more than mom and dad. Yes, I'm talking about their siblings. Siblings that, many times from a very young age, have as much to worry about as the parents do. Siblings who are sometimes placed in situations and given responsibilities way beyond their years to simply support and protect their siblings.
Thankfully, there is a camp designed especially for siblings of children with life-threatening illnesses. A camp that allows the amazing children who care for and support their family a chance to be a kid and make new friends, without the worry of having to monitor and protect their sibling.
This month, Ian's Story is all about raising money not just for his opportunity to attend camp at The Painted Turtle, he's hoping to raise enough money to send another sibling, just like himself, to camp at The Painted Turtle for free. This is why Ian's launched his fundraiser today, on National Sibling Day, and he's hoping to raise his fundraising goal by his 9th birthday, on April 23rd.
At The Painted Turtle, children with serious medical conditions are not defined by their illness. Kids come away from a week at Camp with the courage to try something new, and the confidence to make new friends and new independence in their healthcare.
Camp at The Painted Turtle is always free of charge to campers and their families, and this is why Ian's fundraising. Your Good Day Sunshine gift will allow more kids with chronic illnesses to experience the adventure that awaits them at The Painted Turtle – while also providing the expert pediatric care they need in a safe and comfortable environment.
Your gift – no matter the size – will create so many possibilities for campers today and tomorrow. Best of all, all Good Day Sunshine gifts made during the month of April will be MATCHED by another generous supporter – that’s double the impact for the kids!
Please consider supporting Ian's Story and his fundraiser for The Painted Turtle!
Donate here: https://gooddaysunshine.causevox.com/ian-hoven