Do you know how much a proper wheelchair van costs? No? I do. A lot! Do you know how I know this? My little nephew Cameron has been in a wheelchair all of his life. He was born with a problem with his chromosome 15. That might not sound like much, but that tiny little chromosome is pretty important! Cameron has seizures, uses a feeding tube, and doesn't speak... although he and his mum communicate in a way most people would never understand. It's special.
Cameron is 17 now... on the cusp of adulthood! While most 17 year olds are wondering what they want to do with the rest of their lives, Cameron's needs are considerably more complex. He has outgrown his current wheelchair van, and it's time for him to move into the next stage of his life. As you can imagine, with all the appointments he has with different specialists, he will spend a good amount of time riding in that van.
My sister, Jennifer, started a fundraising campaign last year. She's an amazing woman. I honestly don't know how she does it. She has been able to raise Cameron and his two younger sisters, while putting herself through another university degree and doing everything else that goes along with being a single mom of a child with special needs. She truly is an inspiration to us all. Me? I consider it a big win if I get myself to work on time!
So we've been selling chocolate covered almonds, which has been a great success... as evidenced by my ever-expanding waistline! There has been a charity poker tournament and a Steak & Stein with silent LIVE auction is in the works. Jennifer even has an account set up at the Hampton redemption centre for cans and bottles to be returned in Cameron's name. These are all excellent ideas, but I've decided to try another route.
I've pretty much appointed myself Director of Social Media Operations. My first priority...a designated parking spot and a fully stocked Coke fridge in the lunch room. Second priority... Create a GoFundMe campaign and hit the virtual road to spread awareness. Third priority... well there's something special in the works that even Jennifer doesn't know about, but I am very excited about the possibilities!
Yesterday I created a GoFundMe campaign called VanForCam. We raised $170 the first day, which is truly amazing! I could not be more proud!
So over the next days, weeks, months you can expect to see plenty of updates on your social media feeds! I will be blogging, tweeting, Facebook updating, Instagramming, Pinterest pinning, Google+ whatevering... anyone still use MySpace? How about Friendster? (and all the kids' eyes just glazed over... How old ARE you?)
My point is... This is not going to be an easy campaign. It will take work. A lot of work. And we need your help. When you see an update come into your feed, please take a moment to share it with your friends, family, followers, online stalkers... it takes a village!
Thank you everyone! Stay tuned!
Please consider donating to our VanForCam fundraising campaign. Every small amount adds up! Do you really need that coffee today? 🙂