Democrat candidate for Governor spends time at Camp Boggy Creek
From the Gwen Graham for Governor Media Center
Gwen Graham spent Friday working with counselors and volunteers serving campers at Camp Boggy Creek, a summer camp for Florida children with serious illnesses.
“The children of our state are so fortunate to have Camp Boggy Creek. Every child deserves to experience the love, joy and growth I saw here, today.” Graham said. “I am thankful for the amazing staff and volunteers who dedicate their time giving back to our community. Camp Boggy Creek is a great example of all we can achieve when we work together to serve others.”
Camp Boggy Creek was founded in 1996 by Paul Newman and General Norman Schwarzkopf to foster a spirit of joy by creating a free, safe and medically-sound camp environment that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families.
Leia Schwartz, a Stetson University student from Miami was diagnosed with severe asthma as a child and first attended the camp more than 10 years ago. Now she volunteers her time there and told Graham, “When I was seven years old, my lungs collapsed and my asthma severely restricted the activities I could participate in— but Camp Boggy Creek gave me the opportunity to experience the same fun other children had. For the first time, I felt like I wasn’t so different, after all. Now, I give back to help other children laugh, play and grow.”
June Clark, president and CEO of Camp Boggy Creek, said, “We appreciate Gwen Graham taking the time to volunteer with our counselors at Camp Boggy Creek. She learned firsthand about the fulfilling experiences we provide to seriously ill children in Florida. I encourage everyone learn more about Camp Boggy Creek and our mission to help children and families.”