Dunking at 40
Josh Seethoff has a big goal. On June 3, 2017, for his 40th birthday, he wants to dunk a basketball.
Josh, a pediatric nurse at Randall Children's Hospital, has been planning for this event for the past 11 months, with his ultimate goal to raise money for Camp UKANDU, a summer camp for kids battling cancer.
Diligent in his training, he hired a personal trainer and hit the gym three days a week; his commute to the hospital now consists of riding his bike instead of traveling by car; and most of all, he has eliminated some of his favorite snacks from regular consumption - pizza and donuts.
"I've been volunteering at camp for the past 10 years," said Seethoff. "It's amazing to the see these kids, who I care for while they are stuck in a hospital bed, out in the woods, running and playing with other kids fighting similar battles." Along with multiple nurses and physicians from Randall Children's and other area health systems, Seethoff has been a strong advocate for the camp and the kids who visit each summer.
The camp is completely free to all campers and families, relying on volunteer staff, like Seethoff, to support one week of camp each summer. Recognizing that cancer impacts the entire family, the camp strives to provide parents, caregivers and even siblings a week-long and fun-filled break from the physical, emotional and financial tolls that cancer poses to families. With Seethoff's donation, three kids will have the opportunity to attend camp.
"I'm so excited to celebrate a milestone day with my friends and family by supporting these incredible kids," said Seethoff. "Not only do I get to do something I've always wanted to do - dunk a basketball - I also get to have a big party and show my own son what it means to care for others. I couldn't imagine a better 40th birthday!"
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