Last month we headed up the mountain to beautiful Idyllwild, CA to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. We hosted our Spring Family Camp which is made possible to us by the Earl B. and Loraine H. Miller Foundation, we are most grateful for their support. We served 8 families consisting of 39 campers who were cared for by 19 of our wonderful volunteers.
It was an amazing weekend filled with tons of hope, healing, love and laughter. Campers were given the tools they will need to successfully navigate their grief journey towards their new normal. Aside from great tools they made new friendships and memories that are guaranteed to last a lifetime. Some of the highlights were our Saturday night talent show and dance party, which did include a soul-train line and the cha-cha slide—there is no better medicine for grief than dancing! On Sunday we held our balloon lift-off which is a way of remembering our loved-ones while celebrating their lives. Each camper tied a love note to their balloon; there was not a dry eye in sight.
Family Camp is a magical place where grieving families come together to share stories and experiences. We are proud of each camper for their bravery and willingness to face their grief at camp. They realize they are not alone, and go home knowing that there is hope and healing ahead of them. We suffer in isolation, but heal in community and that’s exactly what happens at camp.