BUY PAUL NEWMAN’S PRODUCTS!!! I’M SERIOUS!
My daughter has a diagnosis of Systemic Lupus. She was first diagnosed in October of 2015, so we are a year shy of the first anniversary. To say this has been a battle would be like saying climbing Stone Mountain was a piece a cake (BTW – tried that, almost died). Anyway, I digress…Back to my daughter. She takes so many medications, has infusions every two weeks and receives a weekly injection at home (daddy-not me!). She has flare-ups of muscle inflammation, pain, lethargy, and a good-dose of adolescent attitude coupled with female hormones. This all makes for a great daughter at certain times of the month. With all the negatives associated with the disease, positives are always welcome and one came our way through a recommendation to a apply for Camp Boggy Creek from a nurse at her Rheumatologist.
Camp Boggy Creek is a proud member of SeriousFun Children’s Network. Founded by Paul Newman, SeriousFun Children’s Network is a growing global community of independently managed and financed camps and programs creating opportunities for children with serious illnesses and their families to reach beyond illness and discover joy, confidence and a new world of possibilities, always free of charge. Its mission is to foster a spirit of joy by creating a free, safe and medically-sound camp environment that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families.
We applied and she was accepted to attend the summer camp week for children with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis and Hemophilia. It is a sleep-away camp She had a blast and came back reeking of camp – three minute showers! Uggh. The camp also sponsors family retreats. During weekends in the spring and fall we welcome 32 campers and their whole families to camp where parents can relax and find needed support among other families dealing with similar emotional and financial challenges. Brothers and sisters get to participate in the same fun-filled activities since every family member is considered a camper during family weekends.
Well, we went this past weekend, Sept-23-25 with the immediate family – me, husband, and three daughters (13,6, and 6). Guess what? We also had a blast! The camp staff was so attentive and caring. We enjoyed archery, horse-back riding, miniature golf, therapy dogs, woodshop, crafts, boating, fishing, a NASA presentation, a visit to the pool, and GREAT FOOD! We stayed in an air-conditioned cabin equipped with 3 restroom stalls and 2 showers. We were loaded up with freebies such as quilts, stuffed bears, t-shirts, and drawstring backpacks. We sang songs, learned cheers, and dances. Boy, did we dance! I loved it and can’t wait to apply for the next retreat. And remember, this is a free benefit for us. A positive in a sea of negatives. Thanks Boggy Creek! Visit the site below and remember to buy Newman’s Own products. All proceeds go to sponsor the camps.