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Camper Spotlight: Mac and Kit Stephenson

Name: Mac Stephenson/Kit Stephenson

Age: 17/14

Number of years at PALS: 1

What camps have you attended:  Columbus–THE Ohio State University

What is your favorite PALS memory:  

Mac:  Nathan!!

Kit:  The dance and getting dressed up and singing karaoke with Mac.

What is something unique about you, that most people don’t know:    

Mac:  I love scary/creepy tv shows and movies.                                              

Kit:   My favorite class is choir.                                

What is your biggest accomplishment:  

Mac: When I received my 4-year award for being on the golf team all during high school.        

Kit:    Doing competition cheer at Champion Cheer.                                             

If you could have any job, what would it be:  

Mac:  Be a chef at Sloopy’s and make pizzas.

Kit:  Work somewhere that I can sing and dance or work “stuff” like office equipment, doctor equipment…

Anything else you would like to share with the PALS community:  

Mac and Kit:  We LOVED Camp PALS and can’t wait to do it again.

Camper Spotlight: Ryan Herrington

My name is Ryan Herrington and I am 25 years old.  I started camp when I was 17 years old at Cabrini College.  I have gone to Cabrini, Princeton, Georgetown, and San Francisco.  I have also done PALS Adventures in Annapolis, Rider College and Young Chef’s. I love Camp PALS because they make me feel special.  I LOVE arrival when everybody cheers for me.  I also love meeting new friends.  My favorite memory at PALS was winning the Olympics with Soeren and the Blue Barracudas.

I am good looking, smart, caring and thoughtful.  I am the captain of the Brick Stars Ice Hockey team.  I love my team.

I love my job at the Arbors.  I take the train to work all by myself.  I run the dishwasher, unload dishes, do food prep and make desserts.  I love my co-workers.

My dream job would be to be the announcer for the Yankees or the Flyers.  I also want to be a professional country singer.

I am learning to be an advocate.  I want people to use the word respect instead of the ‘R’ word.

Camp PALS is the best.  I always make new friends and my friends always make me feel special.  I have awesome brothers that go to camp too.  I love to beat them in the Olympics.

Camper Spotlight: Mary Borman

Name: Mary Borman

Age: 17

Number of years at PALS: 1

What camps have you attended: Chicago

What is your favorite PALS memory: When I was able to sail on the lake and steer the boat.

What is something unique about you, that most people don’t know: I have 2 sisters and 2 brothers and I am an actress. And I flew to Chicago by myself.

What is your biggest accomplishment: Special Olympics gold medal for backstroke and being in a play!

If you could have any job, what would it be: Actress and model

Anything else you would like to share with the PALS community: I love PALS so much!  I can’t wait until next year!

The Congratulations Project: The Mize Family

During the month of September, we are featuring families who have received letters as part of The Congratulations Project. We hope these stories will bring you joy and help spread the word as we search for a new sponsor. 

“First and foremost, we would like to thank the writer of the very inspiring letter we received, “Jeremy D”, for taking the time to share his story and his goals.  As parents, we are encouraged to see that our 7 week old son will also have goals, friends and faith.  Jeremy is surely a very remarkable young man and we are most grateful to have had him grace our lives. 

Next, we would like to say thank you for the very unexpected care package that accompanied the beautiful letter.  We were initially stunned by the generosity and thoughtfulness reflected in the care package yet the more we explored it’s content the more our emotions evolved into an enormous sense of relief.  Relief because, for the first time since our precious son’s birth we felt we had heard from someone who wasn’t showing love and support “despite the Down Syndrome” but instead you were celebrating our son, everything about him, Down Syndrome and all.  To know there is an entire community that understands how important that is and who welcomes our son with enthusiastically open arms means more to us, as his parents, than we could ever say in words.  

To quote my Husband’s response “I feel like we’ve been on an Island this whole time and we just received a message in a bottle.”  For sending out that message of love and belonging, thank you. 

Sincerely and Gratefully, Evan and Necie Mize”

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