Camp Carefree is a summer camp that provides a free one week overnight camp experience for children with disabilties.  One of these disabilities is Spina Bifida.  This camp is representive of my independence, new friends, and a support group!  I have met some of my best friends though this camp, many of whom have Spina Bifida, and have become my family.  I have learned so much about this birth defect though camp and the friends I have made there.  Camp has provided so much for me and the Spina Bifida community and I feel honored and excited to participate in the Walk-N-Roll for Spina Bifida 2017 for Camp Carefree! 

This one mile community building and awareness generating walk celebrates the infants, toddlers, kids, teenagers, and adults affected by this complex birth defect. I am dedicated to help the Spina Bifida Association (SBA) advance its mission of improving the quality of life of all affected by this challenging birth defect by raising funds and awareness.

One in 2,858 will be born with Spina Bifida or another neural tube defect, making Spina Bifida the most commonly occurring birth defect in this country. The total average lifetime health costs for an infant born with Spina Bifida can exceed $1,000,000. Even though an estimated 60% of people living with Spina Bifida are adults yet there are only 10 adult clinics across the U.S. Can you imagine having to travel out of state or across the country to get medical care?

I am determined to help the SBA eliminate these challenges and create a brighter tomorrow for the 177,000 Americans living with Spina Bifida. I am committed to raising $200 to support programs and services provided by the local SBA. Please donate today to help make a difference for this underserved community. No amount is too small and it will make a difference. All donations are 100% tax deductible and will help me reach my goal. Donations can be made here, on my personal webpage or via check made out to the Spina Bifida Association and mailed to me (made out to the SBA). If you’re unable to make a donation at this time, register today to join me for the Walk.  Thank you in advance for your donation and support!  You guys rock!

All my love, Emily


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