The McNair Kid's Camp Fund

For: The McNair Kids
Organizer: Heather McNair
The McNair Kid's Camp Fund (The McNair Kids)
$1,175
of $1,700 goal.
Raised by 14 donors
69% Complete
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

Dear Friends, Family, & Supporters,

We come to you today to humbly ask for help to make it possible to get the kids to Camp Korey again this year.

They may say Disney World is the “happiest place on Earth”, but for one week in the summer, I have no doubt that Camp Korey really is. The smiles on every child, counselor, nurse, and doctor tell me I am right. Each year we wonder how we can possibly top the year before, and somehow it happens. This place…Camp Korey…and the people there, change lives.

With your help, this year we return more triumphantly than ever before….This year we reach the goal we set last year to be returning to this special place as a whole family, with Michael; Chance, a year older and a year wiser, returns a seasoned counselor, with hopes and goals for every one of “his kids”; Madison is returning, in the role of LIT (Leadership In Training) for the first time!!; and Abigail will be savoring her final year as a camper. This year, while impossible to imagine it being possible, we are even more grateful (and desperate) for this blessing in our lives.

Camp Korey’s mission is to “honor the courage, strength, & determination of children and their families who battle life threatening and serious illnesses; and to provide them with a safe, friendly, medically sound environment in which to simply have fun and be kids.”  Camp Korey fulfills this mission in amazing ways!!

For those that may be new to our story, my name is Heather and I have been married to my husband, Michael for almost 25 years (our anniversary will happen while we are in Seattle). We are the proud parents to three amazing young people….Chance (19), Madison (16) & Abigail(15).  I write to you today to share our story and to ask for your help to make summer camp possible for our children again this year.

Chance, Madison and Abigail have endured a great many challenges since they were very young, due to an inherited metabolic disease called Mitochondrial Disease.  Mitochondria are present in every cell in the body except for red blood cells, and are responsible for the production of energy for the cells to use to function.  When a Mitochondrial Disease is present, not enough energy can be produced and many body systems are affected and progressively fail to provide their function within the body.  Any stress on the body, even something as simple as a cold, can cause devastating affects. It is a life threatening disease with no cure, and minimal treatment options.

Camp was initially important to make happen because it was a “typical” right of passage for childhood, and one we thought  would never be possible for the kids. Due to all three being unable to control their body temperature correctly, most summer camp locations are too hot for them to be able to participate, and their medical needs make most camps, even those for medical reasons, unable to handle their complex needs.

Thankfully Camp Korey, just outside of Seattle, Washington, exists and they are the first & only camp in the country to have dedicated a week to Mitochondrial Disease kids!! Camp Korey is a medically supervised camp staffed with physicians and nurses, and trained camp counselors for children suffering from serious and life threatening illnesses.  The camp provides a week-long experience of camp programs and activities for children ages 7-15 at no cost to them.  

What camp has become for the kids is so much more than giving them a “typical” experience.  It has changed their lives!!  They come away from camp more confident & independent, but more importantly, they come away in better shape physically, mentally & emotionally, with a renewed spirit of hope and optimism.  It is truly incredible to see them shine, literally, after a week at Camp Korey.

To quote Camp Korey's website: “For a few days or more at Camp Korey, children enjoy the novel experience of being defined not by their medical diagnosis, but by their spirit, their creativity, and their own potential.” Thank’s to Camp Korey, our children have the chance to be defined by such wonderful things.  Thanks to our supporters, like you, they have this chance to be so defined!! Its because of you and ALL that you do, that these kids can flourish and be amazing, at Camp Korey, and in their world in general.

While the camp is free to attend, we do have to get ourselves there, cover expenses getting the kids ready to go, and expenses while we are there, and this is where you all come in.  

We need your help to make it happen!!

Fifteen years of very high medical expenses has devastated us financially, so something like this is just out of our reach without help.  This last year has been especially difficult for our family, and all three need something to look forward to, and are so excited about the prospect. All to say, we just have to find a way to make this happen.

We are working hard as a family to raise the money needed, and are incredibly grateful for any contributions you might be able to make.  We have full faith that this is meant to be and are looking forward to making some incredible memories.

Thank you for your thoughtful consideration of our cause.

Sincerely,

Michael & Heather McNair

Proud Parents to Chance, Madison & Abigail

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on August 6, 2013

Posted on August 6, 2013

It is so incredibly difficult to express what this last week has meant to the kids, and to our family.

Each day here has brought such love and strength. From dropping off my counselor son on his 20th birthday, and his sister experiencing life as an LIT (assistant counselor) for the first time; to dropping off Abby for the last time as a camper, and hearing stories that touched us, and seeing our older two fully immersed in their roles; to having the chance to give back to Camp Korey while the kids were safely having the time of their lives.

Pick up day was amazing as always. Watching our children, so much a part of this place & these people, walk away a little wiser and even more loved, does something to a parents soul. This week each summer is always fought for....and always delivers the most amazing gifts.

Our gratitude is immeasurable.

To those that help us make this week happen, to this place and the people that make this week happen, for our kids and so many others.

As requested, I have extended this fundraiser a little longer, in hopes of reaching our goal. Your support means so very much to us, and we quite literally cannot do this without you.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

Posted on July 28, 2013

Posted on July 28, 2013

Again, we are so moved by your support, love & prayers!! 

Several friends have asked that we extend the fundraiser, so I have moved the end date to July 31st.  We will proceed with the raffle the morning of the first day of camp for Abby, Monday the 29th. We cannot wait to see who we will be working with!!

Thanks to our work family, who continue to amaze us with their support, we were able to reduce the amount needed further yesterday!! We are closing in on our goal amount, and so grateful for the support.

Tomorrow, Chance turns 20 years old!! This opportunity means everything to him and I know it would mean the world to him to see some contributions to honor his special day!!

With incredible thanks,
The McNair's

Posted on July 25, 2013

Posted on July 25, 2013

We are so incredibly grateful for the support we are receiving!!  We have recieved donations personally in the last two days allowing us to reduce our goal amount by another $900!!! Total raised to date: $1565!!!  

We are over half way there!!!

Also wanted to share here that we are raffling off original art work by our family!!  For every donation of $25 or more, your name will be entered into the drawing that will be held on 7/29, the first day of Camp!!! We will draw two names and work with you to create something unique to you!! For more information and some pictures of other work we have done, please visit our blog at www.ourexceptionallife.blogspot.com

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