Camp Discovery (chosen by Dr. Tanzi)
Camp Discovery is my choice for Capital Laser & Skin Care’s current charitable donation. I have young children myself, and there is no greater joy to behold than them having fun in the summer. Swimming, running, playing games outside and laughing with their friends is what makes for the greatest of memories. But imagine a child having such a widespread skin condition that they are embarrassed to show their skin? Or worse, the skin condition is so severe that it is medically difficult for them to be outside in the sun or to swim? Many children with widespread or severe skin conditions miss out on summer fun with other children who don’t understand the challenges of having skin with special needs. Camp Discovery was created for these kids.
Camp Discovery was founded by the American Academy of Dermatology in 1993 and offers a summer camp experience like no other. Every summer there are six weeks of camp in five locations that offer kids, aged 7-16 with severe skin conditions, a chance to fish, swim, do archery, horseback ride, hike, canoe or just simply have fun with other kids in an atmosphere of support.
Under the expert care of dermatologists and nurses, Camp Discovery offers campers the ability to spend a week among other children and teens with similar skin conditions and provides counselors who understand and lend support because they may have chronic skin conditions themselves.
There is no fee for the camp. All costs are provided by the American Academy of Dermatology through generous donations from its members, other organizations, and thoughtful individuals. The Academy offers this experience to almost 400 children a year. A gift to Camp Discovery ensures that children with chronic skin conditions will continue to benefit from a week of fun and adventure while meeting others facing similar challenges and learning they are not alone. Several years ago, I referred my first child to Camp Discovery. JP was ten years old with severe psoriasis on his hands and feet. His mother said the kids at school didn’t want to play with him for fear of getting “cooties” which was causing JP to become a quiet, shy kid. But after a week of camp where all the kids had a skin condition, he was no longer “different” and could just be himself and have fun. I’m happy to report that JP has attended the camp for several years, made wonderful friends and memories and has become quite outgoing and confident. Camp Discovery changes lives one kid at a time, and every gift makes a difference! Join Capital Laser & Skin Care in supporting Camp Discovery so they can continue to offer kids with severe skin conditions summer memories that will last a lifetime.
Click here to learn more or to donate to Camp Discovery.
Capital Laser & Skin Care is proud to support The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP).
Founded in 1987, the mission of AFSP is to save lives and bring hope to those lives that have been affected by suicide. Although the tragedy of suicide affects everyone; from children to veterans, both men and women, it is an issue often shrouded in secrecy and guilt.
To raise awareness and engage conversation on the issue of suicide, the AFSP held their Out of the Darkness Walk on June 17, 2017. Several members of Capital Laser & Skin Care participated in this 16 mile overnight walk through D.C. from the National Mall through Capitol Hill, downtown DC, Georgetown, and ended back at the National Mall. We are extremely proud that our team members completed the entire walk!
Our donations will go towards suicide educational programs and events that spread awareness and information on preventative measures. If you would like to join us in supporting this worthwhile cause, you can access the AFSP website here:
Capital Laser & Skin Care is proud to support a local program for the future of DC kids and our community: WILL.
Wilderness Leadership & Learning (WILL) is a one-year leadership and life skill development program for inner-city DC kids who commit to a 12 month, 300+ hour program. Conceived by founder and President Steve Abraham, WILL is grounded in the concept of responsibility. Steve left his law practice in 2003 to create a program to enhance the educational, leadership and life skills of at-risk DC high school students.
Four pillars drive the WILL experience and curriculum: leadership & self-empowerment; critical life skill development; environmental awareness & stewardship; and cultural awareness & stewardship. The program includes education in financial literacy, business etiquette, environmental stewardship, and community service. The program provides diverse growth experiences and challenging learning opportunities to inspire and assist local youth to make good decisions, become leaders and achieve their goals.
WILL incorporates many outdoor activities that may not otherwise be available to the youth involved in the program. In fact, the program culminates with the kids completing a week-long, confidence-building camping trip on the Appalachian Trail with Outward Bound.
WILL has positively impacted the lives of DC youth from underserved neighborhoods for over a decade. Please join Capital Laser & Skin Care in supporting this important local program.
You can learn more at www.will-lead.org.
Save the Children
Save the Children is an organization that works to help children in the US and around the world. From disaster relief to providing food, education and safe living environment, Save the Children is involved in these efforts to fight for the rights of these young people and to provide them with a happy and healthy start. Recent work has included providing schools and books to children in need, improving food supply in developing countries and working to reduce the HIV rate in kids. Save the Children strives to provide safety, health and learning opportunities to all children. Dr. Shah is the mother of three kids, and providing opportunities for children is a cause that is close to her heart.
Click Here for more information about Save the Children.
Charitable Giving Summer 2016
Capital Laser & Skin Care has chosen the Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts for our current donation. The PMC is an annual bike-a-thon that raises more money for charity than any other single event in the United States. Founded in 1980, the organization has raised nearly $240 million for cancer research and treatment at the Dana Farber through its Jimmy Fund. The PMC is an amazing model of fundraising efficiency and donates 100% of every rider-raised dollar directly to the cause. Dana Farber has been ranked as the best cancer hospital in New England.
I’m proud to say the Capital Laser & Skin Care is sponsoring Dr. Jeffrey Dover, a colleague, and friend, on his ride of 85 miles on August 6th, 2016. Just like many of you, several members of our staff (including myself) at Capital Laser & Skin Care have been touched by cancer. Many fortunate patients have survived thanks to the remarkable advances in cancer treatment and care from institutions like the Dana-Farber Institute in Boston. But there is much work to be done.
If you’d like to join us and make a difference in the fight against cancer, support Dr. Dover and all those who are up to the 85-mile bike challenge by going to http://www.pmc.org/profile/JD0384
Together we can make a difference in the fight against cancer. Join Capital Laser & Skin Care in supporting the Pan-Mass Challenge and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.