Here's How You Can Help Deserving Kids Attend Youth Rally Summer Camp - OstomyConnection

Here's How You Can Help Deserving Kids Attend Youth Rally Summer Camp

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Youth Rally is a week long summer camp for youth living with various congenital birth defects, chronic illness, or various traumas that affect their bowel and bladder systems. This camp provides education about medical conditions, self-care techniques, encourages independence, and promotes self-esteem. Camp counselors teach youngsters the importance of setting goals and continuously working towards them.

"Every year I look forward to getting together with the friends I’ve made at Youth Rally and just being me… not the sick kid, or the tired kid, but me."

– Cody Mitchem

Youth Rally Camp counselors in San Diego

Cody Mitchem with Paul Hastings (left) and nurse counselors (right) at the 2014 graduation ceremony.

Programming, planning and fundraising goes on all year round! Here are a few ways you can help young ostomates in our community, ages 11-17, attend 2018 Youth Rally camp this July in Boulder, Colorado.

1. Set up a personal fund-raising page.

Share it with family and friends so they will also know about Youth Rally and have an opportunity to donate on your page. Youth Rally is established with FirstGiving. Click here to create your own fundraising page.

2. Become a Youth Rally Community Partner.

Click here to download the Youth Rally Community Partnership Packet and learn more about the various sponsorship opportunities.

Youth Rally graduates

17-year-old Youth Rally graduates, some have attended camp since age 11!

3. Use AmazonSmile every time you shop on Amazon.com.

Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases when you choose Youth Rally Committee. Support your charitable organization by shopping at smile.amazon.com.

4. Attend a fundraising event — Paint For A Cause.

Join host (and Youth Rally WOC Nurse) Rachelle Sideris for the 2nd annual Paint and Sip Fundraiser on Saturday, April 21, 2018 to support Youth Rally camper sponsorship. Have fun while supporting an amazing cause!  

Youth Rally graduation dance

2017 Youth Rally "Under the Sea" party.

Related: 11 Of The Best Moments From Youth Rally Summer Camp

5. Employer matching contribution.

If your workplace matches contributions, take advantage of the opportunity to double your contribution!

6. Recruit a camper.

Do you know any kids ages 11-17 that would benefit from attending Youth Rally camp? Camper applications are due by June 1, 2018. Questions about the application process can be sent to registrar@youthrally.org.

Youth Rally at Beach

Fun in the sun!

7. Sponsor a camper.

Many of our campers and families face financial hardship related to medical expenses. The Youth Rally takes pride in the fact that campers are never turned away on account of inability to cover registration and/or travel costs. People like YOU make that possible each year! Sponsorship opportunities can be found on the Youth Rally website.

Youth Rally San Diego

San Diego, California

"Each year I learn something new about a child, another counselor, myself, and life. Seldom does one get the opportunity to be a mentor, supporter, friend, care provider, confidante, and at the same time have the ability to make a lasting impression on another human being who has overcome similar challenges."

– Paul Hastings, Youth Rally President and CEO

Youth Rally can be one of the most rewarding, unforgettable experiences in a child's life. The next camp will take place at the University of Colorado campus in Boulder, Colorado from July 16-21, 2018. For more information visit www.YouthRally.org.

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