GYPSUM, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This year, Roundup River Ranch is celebrating its 10-year anniversary and will welcome their 4,000th camper, a significant milestone within the camp community. Roundup River Ranch provides FREE year-round programs and camp experiences to children ages 17 and under with serious illnesses and their families. Roundup River Ranch, which is located 50 miles west of Vail in the heart of the Rocky Mountains at a medically-safe elevation, is a place where campers can take a true vacation from being “a patient” so they can get back to the fun of being a child.
Roundup River Ranch was founded in 2006 by Alison Knapp, a local philanthropist, who took Paul Newman’s vision and dream of bringing a Hole in the Wall Camp (now SeriousFun Children’s Network) to Colorado and made it a reality. As a member of SeriousFun Children’s Network, Roundup River Ranch fulfills rigorous criteria to uphold high programmatic, medical and financial standards and is an American Camp Association accredited camp. They serve children who would not otherwise be able to attend other camps due to the severity of their illness. Additionally, Roundup River Ranch offers more than just summer camp with programs for families, offsite opportunities and more. Roundup River Ranch has a unique affiliation and highly respected partnership with Children’s Hospital Colorado and other highly regarded medical facilities across the Rocky Mountain region.
“We are absolutely thrilled to be celebrating our 10-year anniversary and welcoming our 4,000th camper this summer,” said Ruth B. Johnson, J.D., President & CEO of Roundup River Ranch. “Roundup River Ranch is a very special and healing place. We are grateful to be able to offer a carefree, fun atmosphere for children with serious illnesses and their families, at no cost to them, to experience the simple joys of childhood and togetherness.”
With Tin representing the traditional 10-year anniversary milestone, a tin and mixed material tile mural will be created over the anniversary year to celebrate Roundup River Ranch's history. The mural will convey themes that demonstrate the healing and transformational impact of camp. Roundup River Ranch volunteers, partners, campers and their families, camp ambassadors, celebrities and more will be invited to decorate their own tile to be included in the final murals, which will be compiled and artistically arranged by local artist, Britten. A sampling of the tiles will be unveiled at Roundup River Ranch's annual A Grateful Harvest event, which will be held at camp on August 13, 2016. A completed mural will be gifted to Children’s Hospital Colorado to be displayed within the hospital in the fall.
Tin is philosophically viewed as the breath of life and symbolizes preservation and longevity. When tin is standing alone it is weaker than if it is combined with another element. By bringing together campers, volunteers, and others who benefit from Roundup River Ranch's programs along with key stakeholders, the mural will be a tangible symbolization of the power and strength of togetherness.
Roundup River Ranch relies on the support of friends to ensure that children with serious illnesses experience the simple joys of childhood - at no cost. If you would like to get involved with camp, whether it be volunteering or providing financial support, you can visit www.RoundupRiverRanch.org for more information. We hope you’ll join us around the campfire.
About Roundup River Ranch
Celebrating their 10-year Anniversary and 4,000th camper this year, Roundup River Ranch enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families by offering free, medically-supported camp programs that provide unforgettable opportunities to discover joy, friendships, and confidence. Annually, hundreds of children coping with cancer, blood disorders, organ transplants, and other serious conditions and their families benefit from Roundup River Ranch’s intentional and empowering camp programs. Roundup River Ranch is located 2 and a half hours from Denver near Gypsum, Colorado along the Colorado River. Roundup River Ranch is proud to be a member of SeriousFun Children’s Network, a growing global community of innovative camps and programs that provide life-changing support to children with serious illnesses and their families founded by Paul Newman. For more information about Roundup River Ranch, visit www.RoundupRiverRanch.org or call 970.748.9983.