Camp New Hope is a 501C-3 (non-profit tax deductable) organization. Camp New Hope offers families of
children with life threatening medical conditions a week at the camp in the beautiful mountains of NC
on the New River.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Macayla’s Video

Dear Friends,

I hope this message finds you all happy and healthy....

This past May we here at Camp New Hope lost one of our precious camper's, Macayla, who succumb to her disease.  We truly miss this beautiful soul and the laughter she shared with us while at the camp.  Two days ago her father sent us a video that he created in memory of Macayla and to help us with raising donations to renovate the camp lodge.

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Aside from the quality of the video, her father is very talented.  You're heart will be touched by Macayla's story as she has touched ours from her visits.  Every one of our campers is a true gift from God and we love them all.

For the Children,

Randy

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Welcome Back Jake to Camp New Hope

 

Greetings from a beautiful windy fall day at Camp New Hope!

It is our pleasure to welcome Jake back to camp!

Jake is 5 years old, and he comes to us from Jacksonville, Florida. As you can see Jake is a beautiful little boy with a wonderful large smile. What you cannot see is that Jake is blind and has Battens disease – a non treatable, non curable disease that unfortunately will end his life far too soon.

Jake is precious and I am smitten by him! He is here with his family for 7 nights. Next week Jake will be visiting a local riding stable where he will get the ride of his life. He loves riding the Kubota and to explore the many areas of our camps trails. Please remember to pray for these families as well as for the camp. Camp New Hope means so much to all of them, it gives them a place to play and relax without having to worry about the financial burden of a vacation. None of this would not be possible without your financial help and prayers. Thank you for all you do! My prayer is that God will bless you in the same way you have blessed us.

Also please fill free to add us to your Facebook pages or Twitter.

For the Children,
Randy

Sunday, October 17, 2010

An Update on Dewey

Hello from an unseasonably warm Camp New Hope

It’s a beautiful fall day in the NC mountains…..

This week’s camper does not arrive until Thursday, but we do have an update on some very interesting treatment that our camper Dewey has received.  Please take the time to download /open the Adobe Acrobat file and read all about Dewey and his family.  Unfortunately, the file is too large to attach click on “View Folder” below and download the file titled Dewey to your PC.  

Here is the Hyperlink:

An Update on Dewey

 

For the Children,

Randy

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Camp New Hope Needs Your Help!

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October 14, 2010

Dear Business Friends,

Greetings from the beautiful Fall Colors of Camp New Hope.

Camp New Hope desperately needs your help!

To give you an idea of what Camp New Hope is all about here is a short story of how we came to be;   In 1994, the Adkins brothers established the Waterfront Group, a company that buys and sells land to individuals looking for just the right place to build a home.

A few years later, they purchased 160 acres in the NC Mountains near West Jefferson on the New River. At the time, the land was known as High Valley. The property boasted of a 5-bedroom hunting lodge built in the early 1950’s. The lodge was surrounded by beautiful mountains and a high grassy knoll overlooking the winding New River. Valuing the unique beauty of the property, they made the decision not to develop or sell the land.

Instead, in February 2006, the brothers embarked on another endeavor. They felt, because of it’s unique beauty, the land known as High Valley must become a special place for some very special people. So they decided to renovate the lodge and provide a place where families with children with life-threatening medical conditions could go for a week for much needed family time, fun and relaxation. Knowing that with any illness there are also medical expenses, the brothers decided they would also lift the financial burden of a vacation and decided to provide the lodge and food for the week at no charge to these families. The work began immediately, with the help of many volunteers and totally funded by the brothers, Camp New Hope was born and opened in just 14 weeks.

In 2010, we celebrated the fact that we have helped over 140 children and hundreds of family members enjoy this beautiful place. The camp is open 365 days a year and our goal is to have the lodge filled with smiling faces all year long and while doing so, continue to make lifelong friends.

When asked why he and Mark decided to take on the added expense of the camp, Will Adkins replied, “Just look at the smiles on the children’s faces and you will know why.”

Most of you probably haven’t heard of us and are unaware that the majority of our children are in wheel chairs and are not able to ambulate at all. Unfortunately, this is also true for many of our future campers. These children are not able to lift themselves without the help of others. Here in lies the problem.

The lodge was built in the 1950’s and therefore the bathrooms are extremely small. The shower is 30 inches by 30 inches and we are only able to get a handicapped chair in the shower with no room left for an adult to help shower the child. Because of this, these children must take “spot baths” for the week.

We realize that everyone is feeling the effects of the slow economy and since we are a 501(c) (3) nonprofit, no charge facility, we too fall into that same category. Having said that, we also feel these children deserve a handicapped shower which we will not be able to provide without your help. We are proposing to build an addition onto the lodge that will provide them with a walk in shower large enough to accommodate a shower lounge chair as well as another adult. We will also be able to extend the end bedroom to accommodate a twin bed in addition to the queen. This way the child will be able to stay with the parents enabling them to take care of them during the night. We will also gain extra floor space in the kitchen and have an area that will be designated for a washer and dryer. With this addition we will be taking care of the problem of the outside walls of the lodge not being insulated which will eliminate the problem of our pipes freezing in the winter. Also, there are plans to add a wrap around deck that will enable us to let the children enjoy the outdoors while still remaining in their wheelchairs.

Since we are open 12 months out of the year we still have plans to make the garage a “kid friendly” play space, therefore we still have hopes of building a lean-to at the garage. Once this is completed we will have an area where the children can play no matter what the weather is like outside. The garage is heated and we now have a ping pong table, air hockey table, a helicopter ride and we hope to make an area where the parents can sit and read or work on the computer while there children play inside. We also are hoping to bring in a few arcade games and have an area designated where we can show family movies at night and serve popcorn and drinks. The possibilities are endless but we must raise the funds if we are to see these projects succeed.

With the help of Forbush Friends, the apartment for our volunteers has been completed and with the help of First Baptist Church in West Jefferson we now have a pole barn where our vehicles and mowers and tractor can be stored over the winter therefore eliminating future expenses due to these items being exposed to the elements. Thanks to Mark and Will Adkins, we have 2 new Kubota 5 seaters the children can ride in to explore our trails and grounds. I can go on and on with our dreams to make this place even more special than what it already is but we must take care of the needs at hand before we can press forward with those.

We desperately need your help. We are asking you to help us spread the word of our need to your friends, family, church and employers. We cannot do these projects without you. Won’t you please help us make this dream come true for these families and their children? Our estimated cost for this project is $60,000. We can begin construction as soon as we have the funds and would like to be finished by the first of the year. I have spent hours praying for God to reveal to me a way we can raise this money and here is what he has shown me. The first option is to find someone who will commit to donating the entire $60,000. Well, I do not know such of an individual but God does. Our second option, find 2 individuals who will commit to donate $30,000. each or 3 who can donate $20,000. You get the idea, well, just call me “oh ye of little faith”. I do however think we can find 60 individuals who would be willing to find enough people to send in $1,000.00 donation as a group and there you would have the $60,000 we need. This does not by any means leave out those of you who would like to help with whatever amount you are able to donate.

This will take nothing short of a miracle if this is to be accomplished but as you might imagine miracles happen every day here at Camp New Hope and since I serve a God of miracles, I am going to claim this as already being done. Please pray what God would have you do and please do not hesitate to call me if you have any questions. You may mail your donations to: Camp New Hope P.O. Box 154 Glendale Springs, NC 28629. Thank you for your time, support and most of all your prayers.

For the Children,

Randy/ Camp Director

Visit us @ campnewhopenc.com

Please feel free to post this onto your Facebook page of forward this as an email to your friends.

Monday, October 11, 2010

This week’s Camper is Jonathan

Greetings from the beautiful fall colors of Camp New Hope!

Meet Jonathan age 7, coming to us from the great state of Alabama.   Jonathan has Leigh’s Disease.  Leigh's disease is a rare inherited neurometabolic disorder that affects the central nervous system. This progressive disorder begins in infants between the ages of three months and two years. Rarely, it occurs in teenagers and adults.  Leigh's disease can be caused by mutations in mitochondrial DNA or by deficiencies of an enzyme called pyruvate dehydrogenase.   Jonathan also suffers from seizure disorder, developmental delay, cerebral palsy, scoliosis and several other comorbid conditions.  He does not talk, walk and is fed with a feeding tube.  Unfortunately, Jonathan is confined to a wheel chair but this week he will explore nature and of course ride the Kubota. Jonathan is here with his parents, grandparents, two sisters, brother-in-law and 2 younger nephews. We are all so excited that he is here and Jonathan will receive a visit from our very own Santa Sam on Monday.  On Tuesday, Jonathan and his family will go to a local farm where he and his family will ride mules and go on a hay ride.

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Thank you for all you do for the camp and please keep Jonathan and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

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Just to update you on the donations for the addition to the lodge and lean-to. Well, we have 2,000. in donations so far but we have not given up hope yet. We were hoping to get started by December before the weather gets bad here but we also know it will happen in God's time not ours. I had a dear friend that shared this statement with me. Want to make God laugh????? Just come up with a plan..... then we are reminded really fast " who is really in charge".
For the Children,
Randy

Monday, October 4, 2010

Meet Bradley and his family

Greetings from Camp New Hope! Meet Bradley age 7, coming to us from Levine's Children Hospital. Bradley has Ependymoma Cancer. This brain and spinal caner produces tumors that have recurrent since age 1 1/2. Bradley has had multiple surgeries, radiation therapy and chemotherapy but this week, Bradley is happy to be a normal 7 year old who will get to run, play, explore nature and of course ride the Kubota. Bradley is here with his 4 brothers and one sister. We are all so excited that he is here and Bradley is anticipating his visit from our very own Santa Sam today. It is so uplifting to see the smiles on these children's faces!


Thank you for all you do for the camp and please keep Bradley and his family in your thoughts and prayers.


Just to update you on the donations for the addition to the lodge and lean-to. Well, we have 2,000. in donations so far but we have not given up hope yet. We were hoping to get started by December before the weather gets bad here but we also know it will happen in God's time not ours. I had a dear friend that shared this statement with me. Want to make God laugh????? Just come up with a plan..... then we are reminded really fast " who is really in charge".

For the Children,

Randy