Sweet dreams for Sarah

Press Release
Sarah, her parents and her sister share a laugh in her hospital room.

A Prattsburgh teen received a special “Suite dreams” room makeover Thursday and Friday thanks to  Camp Good Days and Special Times and The McGowan Charitable Fund.

 Sarah Glick is 13 years old and has recently been diagnosed with a brain tumor.  In an effort to help her through this difficult process and the challenges of her illness and treatment, Camp Good Days and The McGowan Charitable Fund decided to devote a portion of grant funding to giving Sarah a brand new, beautiful bedroom makeover.

  “Everything that we do, here at Camp Good Days, is about improving the quality of life for those who are dealing with cancer,” said Wendy Bleier-Mervis, Camp Good Days executive director.  “We hope that this Suite Dreams Bedroom Makeover will give Sarah a happy and comfortable place where she can rest, relax and recuperate, and will help to give her some good days and special times.”

  “We put the word out to the community,” says Marianne Rosica-Brand of the McGowan Charitable Fund, “and we were overwhelmed by the response from individuals and businesses.” We’ve received donations from Birkett Mills, Carey’s Rentals and Knapp & Schlappi Lumber Company in Penn Yan.  Medley’s Restaurant and the Marketplace in Prattsburgh are donating food and drinks.  There will be volunteers from Mercury Aircraft in Hammondsport, Prattsburgh Central School District and the First Baptist Church of Avoca.  There is also the Penn Yan community group called H.E.R.O.  (Help Everyone Respect Others) that will be helping out with a team of volunteers.  

  H.E.R.O. is an anti-bullying organization to promote the act of respecting one another!

  Representatives from Camp Good Days and The McGowan Charitable Fund were at Sarah’s house Thursday, July 28, 2011 and Friday, July 29, 2011 and the “Suite Dreams” Bedroom Makeover included new furniture, new bedding, new decorations and more!  

The William G. McGowan Charitable Fund is a philanthropic family foundation established in 1992 by William G. McGowan to promote, nurture, and fund promising programs in Education, Health Care & Medical Research, and the Community.  Inherent in the mission of the McGowan Charitable Fund is to serve and uplift people from suffering.

Camp Good Days and Special Times, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, adults and families whose lives have been touched by cancer and other life threatening challenges, was founded by Gary Mervis in 1979, following the diagnosis of his youngest daughter, Teddi, with a malignant brain tumor.  What was started to provide Teddi and 62 other children with cancer with a residential camping experience has grown to become one of the largest organizations of its kind. providing residential camping programs and year-round recreational and support activities and events, Camp Good Days has served more than 43,000 campers from 22 states and 26 foreign countries.  

For more information about the many programs and services provided by Camp Good Days, to learn about volunteer opportunities, or to make a tax deductible donation, please call Camp Good Days at 585-624-5555 or check out  

www.campgooddays.org.

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