Earlier this year, five of our member charities received the 2018 grants from the Curt Gordon Memorial CHC-NE Foundation. These funds were awarded above and beyond the quarterly distributions that these charities are receiving from CHC-NE, which are provided by donors through the annual statewide campaign.
Muscular Dystrophy Association of Nebraska received funding for its summer camp, which took place from June 10 to June 15 in Fremont. The grant helped provide new barrier-free activities such as adaptive archery, a full-time craft cabin and more. There were 50 campers affected by a neuromuscular disease ranging from ages 8 to 17 who attended camp this year at no cost to their families, and two of the campers were brand new. While the camp is physically located in Fremont, it draws in children from all over the state of Nebraska.
“These activities foster relationships and independence. It is important for campers to learn to trust and rely on the care of those other than their parents,” said Angie Connell, Executive Director. “Furthermore, it is crucial that there is no cost for the camp option for families, as it is a week of much needed respite for MDA parents.”
The Foundation was established in 1997 as a response to the ever-increasing need for services from its member health charities. The Board of Directors is responsible for the Foundation’s management, including oversight of the distribution of funds through a grant-making process.