The West Suburban YMCA is an incredible organization that has meant so much to me since I was a kid.
Some of my fondest childhood memories are from the nine summers I spent on the shores of Lake Quacumquasit at the West Suburban YMCA’s Camp Frank A. Day (or CFAD, as the kids call it these days). Each summer, I got to live deep among the pines with some of my best friends and spend my days playing sports, singing songs, and having the time of my life. What I didn’t realize in the moment, was that I was also gaining critical skills and lessons that I’d carry with me for the rest of my life. I’m thankful that I now get to send my own kids to CFAD so they can make their own lifelong friends and memories. My kids are joined each summer by so many other second-generation campers, which is a true testament to CFAD’s lasting impact.
It’s been almost 30(!) years since my last summer at CFAD, and amazingly not much has changed there (in a good way). Each summer, kids get to live in cabins and tents with their friends and enjoy nature and an ever-expanding variety of sports and activities. They live with and learn from people of all different backgrounds while building character and confidence. It is one of many outstanding youth development programs at the Y, and why I am honored to represent the organization.
Over the next few months, I will be in training for Marathon Monday (April 17, 2023) and posting updates as well as various embarrassing photos from my time at CFAD. I hope you will support me and the West Suburban YMCA so they can continue to provide amazing programs like CFAD that allow all kids to have bright futures! 100% of dollars donated go to the Y’s financial aid program, enabling children and adults of all ages to build confidence, foster healthy habits, and be part of our nurturing community, regardless of their economic circumstances.