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Fundraise your way to LifeCamp!

Do you want to be a hero and save lives? Looking to make friends that share the same values as you? Want to go to camp this summer? Join us for L!fe Camp Sunday August 6th, 2017 through Friday August 11th, 2017!

Teens aged 14-19 are encouraged to join us for L!fe Camp this year in Green Lake, Wisconsin. During this week-long camp teens will learn a number of skills not taught in many public schools: logic, reasoning, the legislative process, and how to change their world, all through the lens of life issues. Campers will also spend a day in Madison learning from elected officials and policy makers who work to protect life on a daily basis. Finally, campers will have FUN hiking, swimming, zip-lining and more!

Campers Can FUNDRAISE Their Way to Camp!

With the use of peer-to-peer fundraising, you can raise the money to pay for all or part of your way to camp! Creating your own peer-to-peer fundraising campaign is easy:

  1. Visit: https://wrtl.dntly.com/campaign/send-a-teen-to-l-fe-camp#/
  2. Hit one of the two green buttons that says, “Fundraise”. You will be taken to the page to set up your own fundraiser. Make sure you select the “Send a Teen to L!fe Camp” campaign.
  3. Under “What Do You Want to Call Your Fundraiser” create a name that helps people know what you’re fundraising for, such as “Help Send Me to L!fe Camp!” or “Please Help Me Learn How to Save Lives” or whatever works for you.
  4. Under “Tell Supporters Why They Should Give to the Cause You’re Fundraising For” include a few words about why people should help you go to camp.
  5. Don’t forget to upload your picture so your friends and family know this is a legitimate fundraiser!
  6. When you’ve completed these steps, hit the green “Create Your Fundraiser” button and, voila!, you have a fundraising page.
  7. Be sure to share your fundraiser often on social media, and e-mail it to your grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, or anyone who might support your efforts to go to camp.
  8. You can also mention that all donations are 100% tax deductible and will make an incredible difference in a young person’s life.

Our software will keep a record of the donations you receive and we will discount your camp registration based on the amount you raise. If the amount you raise exceeds the cost of camp, you can rest assured these donations will help other teens enjoy L!fe Camp, as well!

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Pro-Life Teens Make a Difference

Young people are the future of any movement, and pro-life teens people are definitely making a difference all over the state! If you’re a pro-life teen passionate about the right to life, get ready to be inspired by these two amazing pro-life teens in WI:

Dale, 18, helped found her Dodge County’s Teens 4 Life group. She got involved 5 years ago because of L!fe Camp, Wisconsin Right to Life’s teen camp. Her group has been involved in parades, Dollars for Life, and a Mother’s Day rose sale. In addition, Dale has had opportunity to talk to people about life who ask about her group’s bright red “We Stand 4 Life” t-shirts. Dale’s advice to teens looking to make a difference is, “Start small, don’t try to do big things until you know you are ready” and to “work hard, but have fun mixed in with the work!

Maria, 19, from La Crosse County, grew up in a pro-life family and knew from a young age that babies deserved to live. During her freshman year of high school, she and her best friend started a local pro-life teens group. In the last year, her group conducted a diaper drive, had educational meetings on debating various pro-life topics, held vigils regularly at a Catholic hospital that has an abortionist, and attended the March for Life in Chicago. The March for Life was very powerful, and Maria said, “It was truly amazing to see the hope for the future in thousands of other youth who are passionate about saving lives!”

Maria says that the best part of being in a pro-life teens group is the support from peers who share the same views regarding protecting the innocent. To other teens, Maria’s advice is, “Your first task is to take action! Learn as much as you can! The more you know, the more information you have to back your position. Lastly, don’t get discouraged…you can do anything!

If you are interested in starting your own teens group, contact Joleigh Little at jlittle@wrtl.org!

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A Life for Christopher

Hi everyone, I’m Marcy, Wisconsin Right to Life Summer intern! I wanted to share with you all the wonderful adoption story of my friends, the Collicott family:

In 2014, Lynda Collicott saw this video of Christopher and knew she was being called to bring this little boy home.

Christopher was from Bulgaria, and weighed a mere 10 lbs 2 oz and was 29 inches long when he was adopted shortly before his 6th birthday. Having several special needs, he was ignored and neglected in the orphanage, barely fed and not cared for. When the Collicotts adopted him, he was unfamiliar with being held and would poke himself in the neck to pass the time, having never had anything else to do.

He was adopted just over six months ago on January 18th. Since then, he has made remarkable progress.

He now weighs nearly twice the weight when he was adopted, 20 lbs 3 oz, and is 33 inches long. Now in a loving family, he enjoys interacting with people, wants to be held, and can roll over on his own. His parents run the Facebook page “A Life For Christopher” where you can follow him on his journey.

Just remember, if anyone says pro-lifers don’t care about kids after they’re born, just think of the Collicott family. Adoption truly saves lives!

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When is Suicide Bad?

Suicide is an epidemic in our society. Every month, on the news, there are stories about people who, feeling their lives are worthless, have taken their lives. Many of us have been personally affected by the tragedy of suicide. We all agree that suicide is a horrible and tragic thing. Unless you’re living with a disability, it seems.

Me Before You, starring Emilia Clarke and Sam Claffin and based on the book by the same name by Jojo Moyes, came out last weekend. At the beginning of the movie, Will Traynor, a young man left paralyzed from an accident two years earlier, is depressed and attempts suicide. When that fails, his mother agrees to support his plan of physician-assisted suicide, but only if he waits six months, hoping he will ultimately decide his life is worth living. As the movie continues, his family hires a young woman named Louise “Lou” Clark to care for him, and the two fall in love. Will is enjoying his time with Lou, but, when the six months are up, he still wants assisted suicide and goes to Switzerland to end his life. As the movie concludes, a rosy picture of his suicide is painted, casting the impression that Lou’s life is improved by Will’s death through the money he left her. According to the movie, the tragedy of the story was not in his suicide, but rather in his disability, and that the only path to freedom for all the characters was in his death.

Suicide is a tragedy whenever it happens. However, the idea that living with a disability is worse than being dead is deeply ingrained in our society. As such, suicide can actually be encouraged for those living with disabilities both implicitly or explicitly. Similarly, abortion is encouraged for unborn babies with “fetal abnormalities”—a fancy medical term for disabilities. We need to see through this prejudice at all stages of life and recognize that all lives are valuable. Unfortunately, movies like Me Before You only reinforce the false and discriminatory notion that people living with disabilities cannot have a fulfilling life and are, therefore, better off dead.

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Life Camp, as told by a camper!

Posted by Marcy Thompson

Looking for a way to both have fun and learn to make a difference this summer? Have a teen in your life who’s passionate for life? Then Wisconsin Teens for Life’s L!fe Camp is a perfect fit! Happening August 7-12 this summer in Osceola, Wisconsin, this camp empowers young people to support and defend lives and builds friendships between teens passionate to stand up for life together.

MARCY’S CAMP EXPERIENCE

     I first attended the camp the summer of 2010. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I first got there because I did not know anyone there, but everyone was really nice and quickly I felt at home. I’m still good friends with a lot of the people I met that first year. Throughout the week, we had wonderful speakers and I could not believe how much I learned. I came home with two binders stuffed full of material to use. Probably the most unexpected part for me was how much fun the camp was. I knew we would learn a lot, but I had no idea how much fun we would have, too, between the awesome games, fun crafts, and late nights hanging out with snacks. I didn’t want to go home at the end of the week.

     I’ve attended the camp every year since. Honestly, I’m not sure which is better—the useful sessions chocked full of information or the wonderful connections I’ve made with young people all across the state who are passionate for life. Because of training and inspiration I acquired at these camps, I’m now the co-founder and vice-president of Madison Area Technical College’s To Save a Life club and an intern at Wisconsin Right to Life. Countless times, while working on projects for the club, I’ve relied on information I got at these camps and refer back to my now large collection of camp binders. This camp is truly a life changing experience. I can’t believe how much I’ve learned over the years attending, and it has inspired me to make a difference for life.

Interested in learning more about L!fe Camp? Click here.

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