glassybaby + Camp Korey

10% from the sale of each ‘angel’ will be donated to Camp Korey in Carnation, Washington

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For thousands of kids, going to camp is an annual rite of summer and a coming of age milestone.  For some it’s their first time away from home, the first time out of the city, and the first time to experience all the adventures that camp has to offer.  For children with on-going medical issues, summer camp is usually not an option because few camps can provide the necessary medical support.  Camp Korey, part of the SeriousFun Children’s Network founded by Paul Newman, is changing that and transforming the lives of children with serious and life-altering medical conditions through free-of-charge camp experiences.

Since late June, up to sixty-four campers per week have been coming to experience the magic of summer camp at Camp Korey.  Located just a short drive from Seattle on a historic, 818-acre former dairy farm, campers can swim, boat, use the ropes course and zip line (one of only three in the United States that is wheelchair accessible), sing and make music in the garage band, create arts and crafts, put on costumes, play in teepees, harvest the vegetables that will become part of their meal, partake in a food fight, sit around a campfire and make lifelong friends.  It’s a chance to forget the illness that normally dictates so much of their lives.  It’s a chance to make choices about their day and what challenges they’ll take on.  It’s a chance to just be a kid.  (And it’s a respite for family members and caretakers.)

The camp sessions may only last a week, but having seen the look of determination and pure joy on the faces of these campers, I know the memories, empowerment and friendships will last a lifetime.  In addition to summer camp sessions, Camp Korey offers year-round Hospital Outreach through their Camp in a Box program, family weekends and young adult retreats.  It is glassybaby’s privilege to partner with Camp Korey and to help fan the flames of childhood.  To purchase ‘angel’, click here.