On February 8, I’ll be rappelling 428 feet down the side of the 32-story Hyatt Regency Hotel in Orlando to help make dreams come true for critically ill kids and their families. I need your help in order to make it happen! My fundraising goal is $7,000. Once I reach raising $1,000 I can officially go Over The Edge but I would like to raise much more than that to make even more dreams come true for these special children and their families.
Give Kids The World matters to me because it creates happiness and hope for children and families who need it most. I absolutey cannot imagine how difficult it must be to have one of your kids be so very ill with a life threatening illness and how helpless that must make their parents feel. Furthermore, my heart just breaks for what these kids have to go through and that part of their childhood has been taken away by illness. Every year 27,000 children in the United States are diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Half of all children with the support of a wish-granting organization choose to visit Central Florida for its world-famous theme parks and other attractions. Give Kids The World Village becomes a home-away-from-home for these families during their once-in-a-lifetime trip. For many families, the Village is the highlight of their trip:
They really made our family feel special, in a good way. You spend a lot of time feeling “special” in a negative way when you have a sick child. But at the Village it was all about love and joy for all the kids.
- The Grogan family, North Carolina
I have been a very active volunteer at Give Kids The World for 24 years and it never ceases to amaze me what an amazing organization it is. GKTW cannot exist without donations, nor volunteers. Usually I fundraise annually by running the 5K Challenge for Hope race. I certain appreciate all my previous supporters! But I have decided to concentrate my fundraising efforts towards the Over The Edge Event. Why, do you ask? Because I'm crazy!! Not only is it something different, it will completely get me out of my comfort zone! I don't like things that "go down" such as free fall drop rides. So, yes, I'm going to be insane and rappel down a highrise hotel because it raises money for GKTW!
Kids who visit Give Kids The World Village face many challenges greater than this. Their lives are filled with hospital stays and medical procedures. They miss out on school activities, sports, and time with friends. Give Kids The World helps them reclaim that time during week-long, cost-free wish. If you have any questions, just ask me! Thank you from me and the kids we're going to help! To learn more about this amazing place go to www.gktw.org. If you like to see how highly GKTW is ranked among other non-profits, you can look them up on Charity Navigator. A huge portion (approximately 97%) of all funds raised go directly to the cause.
Thank you so very much! Any donation is greatly appreciated! Your donation will give these special kids such a magical and special time with their families and tons of precious memories!