It’s Serious Fun for Singer Natalie Merchant

Twenty-five years ago, Paul Newman, with the support of his wife Joanne Woodward and eventually all of his family, decided kids with cancer and other life-threatening diseases deserved to “raise a little hell” and go somewhere where even very sick “kids could be kids.”  His vision became The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in rural Connecticut, not far from his home near Westport.

That vision grew into multiples of camps in America and overseas, now called: Serious Fun Camps.  This year, 2012, in celebration of the 25th year of that first camp, many celebrities, as they have in the past, have offered time and talent to support the Connecticut camp and the Serious Fun Camps’ mission.

Singer/Songwriter Natalie Merchant is one. She spent a day, with a crew at The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp during Session 7, when my 14-year-old daughter was in residence.  Now a video has been published and is going viral with kids telling their stories, intercut with interviews with Paul Newman, kids singing along with Natalie, like Clare, in the barn-like dining hall and doing what kids do best there–having a helluva time!  Here’s the video:

And here’s the CBS Sunday news story on the anniversary shot on day 1 of Session 7. It was a busy session and Clare loved every minute of it. She keeps in touch with Camp friends everyday on Facebook.

Here’s more about Clare’s experience meeting some of the benefactors after her first year at camp a few seasons ago: (note read down a few pars & you will get the whole story).

And when you see kids having a good time, remember the kids who have a hard time being kids.