Dear friends and family,
I am writing to you because I know I can count on you to help me raise money for my bar mitzvah project.
Camp Simcha Special is a summer camp run by Chai Lifeline that enables over 250 children with special needs to experience summer camp life.
Every year, Camp Simcha launches the new summer season with an Opening Day celebration. During Opening Day, the kids are individually escorted through a tunnel and are greeted by the entire camp staff dressed up in costumes. A DJ and other fanfare creates an exciting environment for the campers.
My cousin Ian Scher was a camper at Camp Simcha . Ian suffered from an extremely rare degenerative disease that was a mutation on the VRK-1 gene. Although he was unable to move his body, Ian kept his fun loving attitude.
Ian especially loved the Opening Day entrance . His parents explained to me that watching him reminded them of when Charlie opened the door to the chocolate factory. When Ian got to the other side of the tunnel he felt like he could do anything he wanted. He was a fun loving kid at a sleep away camp who couldn't wait for his parents to leave, so he could start having fun.
Ultimately, Ian lost his battle with the disease September 15, 2016.
To honor his memory, I am raising money to donate to Camp Simcha to sponsor their Opening Day festivities.
Therefore, I am asking you to donate to this worthy cause.
Thank you- Wyatt Sherman
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