Lean on me

One Camper’s journey with Amici

Ashley found camp due to challenging circumstances at the young age of seven: her mom was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer. Camp offered an opportunity for Ashley to learn more independence in a safe, caring and fun environment while giving her mom a short break -thanks to the support of donors and partner camps.

Each year we are inspired by campers and watch in awe as they grow in so many ways at camp. Like so many Amici campers, we’ve seen Ashley grow year after year. At 15, Ashley will return to camp as a Leader-in-Training in 2017. Her mom, healthy now, says that camp changed the course of Ashley’s life. She’s confident, has big dreams, and sees herself as a leader. She is pursuing her dreams of becoming a singer and regularly performs at camp, at Amici events and her own gigs. Check out Ashley’s performance from the Camp Heroes gala, in honour of 50 years of sending kids like Ashley to camp.

At the end of each summer, Ashley and her camp mates gather together to talk about how the summer has been and to share things they’re thankful for. Each year, in front of the campfire, Ashley thanks donors and her camp for allowing her to go to camp.

In the words of her mom, Arleen:

“You’ve given Ashley a gift I wouldn’t be able to do alone. My health has improved, I’m working again and pay what I can to Amici. As a mom, I want to give Ashley every advantage so she can have a better life without some of the hardships I’ve had.”
Ashley and her mom, Arleen at Amici’s Camp Heroes Gala