Hello! My name is Amanda Thomas and I’ve been involved with Special Days Camp for over 20 years. I attended as a camper from age 5-17. Then I took the opportunity to give back and became a counselor and then a village director.
I have been continuously involved in a Special Days camp, because it was life-changing for me and I want to give these kids the opportunity it has given me.
When I was 2 ½ I was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) which completely changed my life and my family’s dynamic. My mother drove and stayed with me in the hospital most weeks while my dad took care of my two older brothers at home, attempting to keep life going as normal. At the age of 5, after 2 ½ years of treatment I was in remission. The same year I was “cured,” I attended Special Days Camp for the first time.
I grew up at camp, attending almost every summer and winter session since 1995. When I ‘graduated’ from being a camper, I continued to stay involved. I’ve been through all the village mottos; Friendship, Enthusiasm, Respect, Responsibility, Teamwork, Leadership, and Integrity. Through this camp I truly learned how to be “Third.” This is a slogan that campers, counselors, and volunteers at Special Days know well; being Third means putting God first, others second, and yourself third. I want to let others experience this camp too: for all the lessons that I’ve learned, and the second family that I’ve become a part of.
We have another motto at camp, “Until there’s a cure, there’s camp.” By supporting me in this marathon you’re really supporting the hundreds and thousands of cancer survivors and their siblings. Families do not invite cancer into their lives, but deal with it when it is present, when it leaves, and even if it comes back. This camp is a retreat away from those troubles, those fears, those doubts and a time to truly just be a kid! The bonds I’ve made here will last a lifetime, and as Michael W. Smith’s song goes, “A lifetime’s not too long to live as friends.” (Another camp favorite!)
Remember, I am competing with Sarah, who is running for Youth Camp. Please support me and help Teen Camp win the challenge! To give us an advantage, I plan to match up to the first $500 in donations!
Please consider joining me in helping these kids to attend Special Days Camp! Leave a comment below to cheer me on! If you have personal questions, please feel free to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.