Thanks to Run for Independence staff |

Thanks to Run for Independence staff

Thank you so very much to all those who volunteered at the 2011 Run for Independence.

From goody-bag stuffing to registration to course marshal to water station to food preparation to donating a painting (Karen Vance), each of you contributed to the very successful, 663-participant strong event – I hope you all had as much fun as we did.

Last summer 26 children on dialysis attended Camp Chief Ouray at YMCA of the Rockies – what an independence granting experience that is for them.

We’d like to share a note from one of the campers: “Thank you sooo much for my scholarship to camp. I really appreciate it. Up at camp I had a lot of fun. I met new friends and slept in a cabin – top bunk – 4 the first time. One night we camped out and we saw a deer who was growing his antlers. It was really cool. I’m so thankful for being able to go. Camp lets you just be a kid and get away from the medical stuff and have fun. I had a blast! I also did horse back riding and my horse was really sweet.

Thank you again!


 And the parents get some independence, too: “I am writing to thank you for the amazing camp experiences my children had. My youngest son went to Camp Chief Ouray last year and loved it. This year his older brother joined him and also loved it. Robert had so much fun that he is talking about being a counselor there in the future.”

“Morgan really enjoys meeting new kids and interacting as a ‘normal’ kid. This was the perfect place for him to do so. I also enjoyed the break and was able to get some much needed chores done and go for a few great mountain bike rides.

“You are so generous and thoughtful to do this for these children. I know some would never get this chance without your help. Both of our boys loved the river rafting and all of the other activities. Thank you so much for your kindness and generosity.

Sincerely, Karen”

We anticipate that as many children will be attending camp this summer, gaining their independence from The Denver Children’s Hospital Dialysis Center, learning that they can accomplish all that the campers who do not have kidney disease can do (and “normal” kids learn that the “kidney campers” are just kids, too).

A special thank you to everyone at the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Chamber of Commerce – it is they who make this Independence Day celebration special in our town . . . that they share it with us is most generous. And they organize a great race. 

Many, many heartfelt thanks.

Kent and Jancie Hughes

Fraser Valley

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