The Special Love Blog
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Viewing entries from Chris Thomas
Chris Thomas is a Camp Fantastic alum and Special Love volunteer living in Christiansburg, VA with his wife and two children. Often spotted around camp with a canoe paddle or black powder shotgun in hand, Chris has been part of the Special Love family for more than 20 years. When he's not "singin' in the parade" or "goin' lion hunting," Chris develops websites in and around the New River Valley.
One of camp's most bittersweet moments is the time when we have to say goodbye to a camper who's passed out of eligability. In order to make room for new campers facing the challenges and hardship of a new diagnosis we must turn away old friends who've finished their treatment and gone three years without relapse or recurrance. We hate to see them leave but are glad to know that they can go. Eligable to attend or not, however, they will aways be part of our camp family.
It is not that "at Camp Fantastic, the checkups just happen to be bookended by canoe rides, archery lessons, dance classes and a carnival,"
but that, "at Camp Fantastic canoe rides, archery lessons, dance classes, and carnivals just happen to be bookended by medline."
Special Love's mission is to provide "support services" to children with cancer and their families. Some of those services we can provide directly -- scholarships, transportation to camp, etc -- and some, perhaps the most important, require that we get out-of-the-way and let inspirational people share who they are with people who need inspiration.
Check out this sneak peek at one of our upcoming Gala Auction Items
- stay tuned for more potential Valentine's Day gifts and don't forget to join us for an Evening Of Special Love on February 11!
Check out our very own Joey Norris, who's captured the attention of the Broncos' Tim Tebow. Hat-tip to WJLA news which has the story.
Video after the break.
The sun is setting over the James as my car roles to a stop, its tires crunching in the gravel parking lot outside of the Jamestown 4H Center’s mess hall. Despite traffic and an unfamiliar route, I seem to be the first to arrive and I take a moment to savor the quiet tranquility of the slow, deep water that, like me, has reached the end of its long journey.
It’s good to be home.
YAC weekend 2011 kicks off in Jamestown on Friday. This Fantastic weekend nurtures a community of support for young adult survivors and brings old camp friends back together again.
Last year we went to a Splashdown water-park; this year we figure we'll cut out the middle man and head straight to the ocean. Sunshine and sea air; that's what it's all about.
That's right ladies and gentlemen, Special Love is stepping into the wild world of social media with its very own blog; how far we have come from a neon-green xerox of the camp newspaper!