A Maryland Camp Kesem Honoring Oren Miller

Benefiting: Camp Kesem
Hosted by:Camp Kesem
Goal: $40,000
$43,405 4 109% Complete

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In July 2016, twelve men - all influential dad writers and bloggers - will cross the Atlantic Ocean and embark on an 84-mile journey, walking the entire distance of Hadrian's Wall in northern England.
The answer is threefold:
  1. Oren Miller. A friend of the entire parent-writer community, Oren - a dad to two young children - lost his battle to lung cancer in 2015. In addition to being a brilliant, inspiring writer, Oren is best remembered as a connector of people. Our team of twelve - many of whom met through Oren - are taking this journey to honor Oren's life, embrace the importance of fatherhood, and raise the funds necessary to open a new Camp Kesem chapter in Oren's name.
  2. Camp Kesem. The only national organization providing support to children touched by a parent's cancer. Their flagship program, FREE summer camps in over 70 locations, will serve over 6,000 children from coast-to-coast in 2016. 
  3. Storytelling. 12 dads. 12 writers. 84 miles. A once-in-a-lifetime experience with friends and colleagues to bond, discover new memories and tell stories with words, drawings and photographs.
Who is Walking?

About Camp Kesem

Camp Kesem is a nationwide community, driven by passionate college student leaders, that supports children through and beyond their parent’s cancer. A program of Kesem, Camp Kesem operates over 70 free summer camps in 34 states for children ages 6 to 16 who have been touched by a parent’s cancer. This camping experience has a lasting impact on children by providing them a peer-support network that understands their unique needs, builds confidence and strengthens their communication skills. In 2015, Camp Kesem served over 5,000 children coast-to-coast - all funded by generous donations from individuals and corporate support.  

About Oren Miller
Oren Miller was a game-changer and a people-connector. In life - and in the parent writing community. Oren's brilliant and thought-provoking words can still be found on his personal blog - A Blogger and a Father.  But what Oren will most be remembered for - second to the two beautiful children he and his wife, Beth, were raising - is the establishment of the largerst community of dad bloggers globally - via Facebook. Dad Bloggers, as it is known, today is a community of over 1,000 fathers who write. It is a place where - based on Oren's vision - men can safely explore a broad spectrum of topics. 
Diagnosed with lung cancer in 2014, Oren continued his committment to writing while his personal health issues ensued. "Oren fought through four different chemotherapy regimens, radiation, steroids, and exhausting side effects of the therapies and the cancer in every attempt to prove all the medical professionals wrong," said Dr. Ashley Helgeson of Johns Hopkins Hospital. "He was determined to live as long as he could to give back to his friends and family."
He died in February 2015.
"He gave us all endless written accounts and beautiful words of wisdom about the power of love, life and living," said Dr. Helgeson. "He wrote letters for his wife and children for their birthdays that he knew he would not be present for, as he wanted those left behind to remember his life purpose and the love he had for his family."
Oren was posthumously awarded the "Personality of the Year Award" at the Mom 2.0 Summit in May 2015 - in recognition of the positive impact his life has had on millions. 
What Your Donation Will Support
We are raising the funds to provide the seed capital needed to launch a new Camp Kesem Chapter at the University of Maryland - Oren and Beth's alma mater. Camp Kesem currently has over 70 chapters - run by over 2,500 passionate college student leaders from coast-to-coast. The establishment of this new chapter - at the Millers' alma mater - will ultimately serve thousands of children touched by a parent's cancer.
A Note to Friends and Family
We are fundraising as a team - no individual fundraising pages. Please donate to our cause directly by using the blue "Donate Now" button at the top right portion of this page. 
A Message to Corporate Sponsors
Click here for our Expedition Sponsorship Deck.
We'd love to work with you. This project has unlimited potential involving content, good will - and the opportunity to change the lives of thousands of children. For more information, contact any of the twelve mates above or Jim Higley at jim@campkesem.org, or John Pacini at john@dad2summit.com.

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