To the editor:
The 23rd annual Fayetteville-Manlius Dance Marathon fundraiser (FM DM) came to an end at 12 a.m. on Sunday. March 2. Earlier in the night, a check for $105,000 was presented to Camp Good Days and Special Times. The funds raised will send more than 150 children who have been affected by cancer to camp at no cost to their families this summer.
After such a tremendous effort to raise that huge amount of money throughout the last six months and then some, it’s time to rest, right?
Not so much.
At 9 a.m. Monday morning, March 3, the volunteer applications started flowing in, from students who were involved in FM DM. Over the next few months, dozens of F-M students, current and former, will commit to spending a week or more of their summer vacation volunteering at the summer camping programs that they already raised $105,000 for this year. Sending these children to camp just isn’t enough for these high school students, they have an incredibly deep commitment to the children they’ve already helped so much with the fundraiser.
We cannot ever imagine thanking such an incredible group of people enough. They are the embodiment of charity, of selflessness of dedication. Every year, and still after 23 years, they completely amaze and inspire everyone involved with Camp Good Days and beyond. This is why, in the words of our chairman and founder, Gary Mervis, the F-M students and community are “our angels that watch over Camp Good Days.”
On behalf of our administration, staff and the children and families we serve, we’d like to thank Jake Hess, the student council advisor, the Dance Marathon MCs, student council members, the entire F-M student body, staff, and the community, as well as all the vendors and sponsors of the event, for all of the lives you have changed in the past, and the lives that you continue to change with your unbelievable generosity.
CNY REGIONAL DIRECTOR, CAMP GOOD DAYS AND SPECIAL TIMES, INC.