It takes a significant event to change someone's life in a weekend - child or adult. Most of our campers suffering from Tourette's syndrome are excluded from many activities in school; are constantly mimicked, bullied, and laughed at; and have very few friends - resulting in many issues. However, a weekend with over one hundred other children with the same disorder and challenges can magically improve a child's life - improve their outlook, confidence, and self-esteem.
Surprisingly, improving these children's lives at camp is not the challenge. The challenge is actually raising the money to get them there. With the often over-whelming needs of a child with TS, many families would be unable to attend due to financial constraints. Understanding this, Camp du Ballon Rouge is the only Tourette camp in the country that is tuition-free to our families!
As we celebrate the 15th anniversary year of dBR, I invite you to join us in support of Camp du Ballon Rouge, March 3-5, 2017. The joy and the impact your generosity will make is truly magical and tangible. I am grateful to you for your support in any amount of my efforts to improve the lives of others.
I have personally committed to running the Silverton Double Dirty 30, a 100km (62 miles) mountain trail race, next September, in Colorado's San Juan Mountains to raise funds for camp and to bring awareness about Tourette's to the endurance community.
Again, many, many thanks for your support and have a healthy, happy Holiday Season.
You can indeed positively change a life in one weekend!
President, Tourette Association - Texas Chapter
Director, Camp dBR