How did you get involved with Camp One Step?
I was diagnosed with Leukemia in 1987. Dr. Baum, the founder of camp, was my oncologist and suggested to my parents that they send me to Summer Camp.
How long have you been involved with our organization?
I started coming to camp as a camper in 1990 and then transitioned to a volunteer role in 2003.
What volunteer roles have you held?
I have been a counselor for Summer Camp, Winter Camp, Dude Ranch, the former White-Water Rafting Program, Brain Tumor Family Camp, Sibling Camp and Family Camp. I was a Group Leader for Winter Camp and then transitioned into the Program Coordinator role. I was a Program Leader for Summer Camp (Stepping Up Program), and now am the Assistanr Program Director for Summer Camp.
I ran the Chicago Marathon twice for Team One Step.
What keeps you coming back to Camp One Step?
There’s nothing more magical than the anticipation on the first day of camp. The familiar faces and the excitement of meeting new campers and volunteers. It’s one big family. I love seeing how the programs grow and evolve. The program leaders are so creative with their themes and activities.
What do you love the most about the program you lead?
I love seeing campers grow from year to year and join different programs. Summer Camp has always been my favorite – seeing all the groups on campus is amazing.
What are some words of wisdom or advice that you would give campers?
Have fun! Don’t be afraid to try something new. There are so many opportunities to try things that you may not have been able to outside of camp. There will ALWAYS be a group supporting and cheering you on.
What are some words of wisdom or advice that you would give new or interested volunteers?
Be open to new experiences and opportunities. There’s a place for everyone at camp!
What are some of your interests outside of camp?
Playing with my son, Enzo, and hiking with our dog, Olive.