2017 YEAR IN REVIEW

2017 was a year for the books, marking Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times’ 35th Anniversary! Our August 25th Anniversary Celebration BBQ was a huge success, reuniting campers, volunteers and staff – some of whom had not seen each other or been back to visit Camp in decades. Camp’s old dining hall kitchen was renovated and transformed into “The Billy Foreman Kids Kitchen and Pizza Pavilion” for camper culinary classes, thanks to generous support from the Billy Foreman Fund. We also hosted Camp sessions for the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association of Las Vegas, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, and USC Norris Cancer Center. Looking ahead, we are excited to continue growing Camp’s teen programming, the Wilderness Outdoor Leadership Program (W.O.L.P.). Recently, Camp’s newly formed Teen Advisory Committee registered more than 30 fellow WOLP-ers to the ‘WOLP Walk’ fundraising team for this year’s Walk for Kids. All of us are ready for another great year at Camp! 

THE
ESQUIVEL FAMILY

The Esquivel Family’s story begins in the fall of 2015, when Ariana Esquivel met with the Assistant Principal at her daughter, Alessandra’s, school. Five year-old Alessandra had just been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, leaving Ariana with a heart-wrenching question: how could she provide Alessandra with friends while chemotherapy delayed her entry into kindergarten? As it turned out, the Assistant Principal was a Camp volunteer. Inspired by his enthusiasm, Ariana and her husband Augustine signed up for a Family Camp that October. After meeting two parents whose little boy was just finishing his treatments, Alessandra’s recovery suddenly seemed very possible. And although Ariana cried her eyes out at the first parent discussion she attended, she was relieved to feel no pressure to speak before she was ready. The Esquivels were also strengthened by the joy that Alessandra and her 3 year-old sister Alexandra displayed during Camp’s fun activities. To their amazement, it no longer seemed like cancer would have the last word in either daughter’s childhood. In 2017, at their third Family Camp, Ariana finally felt ready to speak during a parent discussion. She shared that Alessandra was about to complete chemotherapy, and that in 2019 she will attend Summer Camp and spend her first week away from her parents. Ariana knows her daughter will be fine because Camp has made her strong!

COMMUNITY IMPACT REPORT

VOLUNTEERS

1,007

GUESTS SERVED

1,596

44,120

VOLUNTEER HOURS

107%

OCCUPANCY

CONTACT INFORMATION

Fatima Djelmane Rodriguez
Executive Director

 

Ken Teasdale, CPA
President, Board of Trustees

1250 Lyman Place
Los Angeles
CA 90029

 

310-268-8488
Phone

 

310-473-3338
Fax

 

fdjelmane@rmhcsc.org
Email

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