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A Personal Journey

After nearly three decades of working at Camp and serving children with serious illnesses and their courageous families, I recently experienced up close and personal the daily dread and fear that so many of our Camp families experience. 

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by Jimmy Canton  |    |  Comments 

Paul Newman and a Ride Home

Ryan with campers

When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home.

When I first read these words in S.E. Hinton’s classic The Outsiders back in seventh grade, I knew very little about Paul Newman. I mean, I knew he was a movie star and recalled something about salad dressing, but that was about it. Yet for some reason, this quote stayed with me for many years. Sure, it’s the opening sentence to a quintessential coming of age story for many teenagers, but I now think the words of Ponyboy Curtis endured because of something else. I believe the universe was foreshadowing journey and pointing my heart toward an experience that would change my life forever.

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by Ryan Thompson, Chief Communications Officer  |    |  Comments