Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Running for Double H Ranch

On Friday I will run my 3rd Ragnar ADK and my 4th Ragnar overall.  I'm excited to be in close to my best running shape in 5 years and even more so because I've had the opportunity to become apart of the Double H Ranch family.

Back in April, a high school friend had posted on Facebook that she was creating a fundraising team for Double H. Initially I jumped on board because I knew I wanted to run, but haven't been willing to take on becoming a team captain. Come July I started my fundraising and I spent some time getting to know the organization. The more I learned, the more excited I was to be apart of such a great group. 

I went to camp one day to check out the facilities and was completely blown away. Although there were no campers there, there was evidence everywhere that the campers were having a good time. With options like swimming, archery, high ropes, horses, boating, craft, theater, and kickball how could they not.

For a summer camp, that doesn't sound that unique, but Double H Ranch only serves children with life threatening illnesses. (and occasionally their siblings) This camp is way more than a camp, it allows kids to be kids.

The folks at Double H have found a way to include everyone.  For children wheelchair bound they created a pully to allow them to swing in the air at the ropes course. They always find a way, and all of this is at no cost to the families

To say I left inspired isn't enough.
Summer camp has always been a love of mine. I went to a wide variety of camps but was given the chance to dance, play tennis, swim, sing, spud, kickball, capture the flag, gymnastics, crafts, trust falls (which I did ended with a broke nose) and high ropes courses.  It was at summer camp that I received my only 1st place trophy (archery), climbed my first Adirondack high peak (wright) and met my first big crush.

I know how lucky I am to have a body that mostly works for me and not against me.  I know how lucky I am to have had parents that could afford to send me to summer camp.  And most importantly, I know how much summer camp had changed me for the better. 

I had never fundraiser before, but I can't imagine a better fit for me than Double H.  The children inspire me, the staff inspire me, the volunteers leave me speechless. Raising money for Double H has been my pleasure and I couldn't be more excited about running for them on Friday & Saturday.

Donations can be made here.

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