An Adventure In Giving

Posted on: Friday June 16, 2017

By: Christy Ragle

Rosanne Hardwick loves giving back to her community. When she saw there were needs within Victory Lane Camp, she found a way to make a difference. Rosanne’s history with Victory Lane Camp started with her work at Huffman Chiropractic. When VLC Founder Brett Fischer first started his pediatric rehab clinic, it was in the same facility as the chiropractic practice. Several of the first Victory kids started as Brett’s patients. “I got to know some of the kids and their personalities,” Rosanne shared. She also witnessed the organization grow through the years. “It’s unique. I’ve not seen anything else like this in our area. Having the chance to see it start, develop, and grow, I can see that God is blessing the program.” Rosanne bought tickets to attend the George Dennehy concert that VLC hosted last fall and planned to take her family. At first her husband wasn’t planning to attend, but changed his mind and went along with Rosanne and the children. “I wanted to expose them to what Victory Lane Camp was all about, and we were all encouraged by the presentation,” she noted. “My husband has become a wonderful spokesperson for VLC now.” They made a family decision to take one of the giving envelopes that was available after the program to support VLC. When they opened the envelope and discovered the suggested amount was more than was in their budget, they decided to keep the envelope and raise the money for VLC. As an active part of her family’s flag business, Rosanne has connected with other business people through the years. She and her business networking group established a birthday blessings program at a local senior residence center, and they would use candy bars to help raise money for this program. Rosanne decided to launch a candy bar sale to raise money for VLC. “We would take the candy bars to church. Not only would we sell candy bars, but we also started lifting Victory Lane Camp up in prayer,” she said. “My husband would often add to the announcement and promote Victory Lane Camp.” Rosanne raised an initial donation of $100, and soon followed with a $78 donation. This exceeded the suggested amount for the envelope they picked up at the concert. She doesn’t have plans for another fundraising effort right now as she transitions into helping at the flag pole company where her husband works. But she added that she would consider it as the Lord guides her. “As a family, we would love to go to camp as a serving family at some time,” Rosanne noted. “What VLC is about is a lot of heart work. It’s not just to get healthier, but also to meet an emotional and spiritual need… a need for community.”

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Victory Moms Focus on ‘True Beauty’ During Refresh Weekend

Posted on: Friday May 26, 2017

By: Amber Estelle

It started with tacos and quickly became about "True Beauty." This year's Moms Refresh weekend for Victory Moms included eight moms, three who were attending for the first time. Victory Lane Camp started the Mom's Refresh weekend four years ago, and Paige Fischer serves as the primary coordinator for the annual event.   "It's intended to be a time of renewal and connection for Victory Moms," Paige shared. "This year we brought in Carmen Cash to share a word of encouragement for the moms, and I believe it was well received.” Other great activities in the weekend included a painting party led by Michelle Preble, a video series by Lisa Chan, a time of worship, and a delicious brunch provided by Tiffanny Youngquist and Nancy McCullers Victory Mom Natasha Hamilton has been able to attend Mom’s Refresh every year. One of her favorite memories from the weekend is playing cards with everyone. “This year we had a four square competition. We get competitive,” Natasha shared. More than the competitive games, Natasha enjoys relating to other Victory Moms over their kids and families and makes strong connections by the end of the weekend. One of the first-time attenders this year was Jenn Fischer. Jen also appreciated the connections made and felt the impact it had on her. “Part of the theme was ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ It was nice to center around that topic. We got 30 minutes to be still and be with God. It was nice to have that down time to do that,” Jenn expressed. She also enjoyed hanging out with the other moms and, “hearing ways that God has worked in their life or hearing struggles that they have are similar to struggles that other women have had.” Jenn shared with the other moms about an experience she had with her son who was having temper tantrums. “We were at our wits end. We went to a therapist who told us that it needed time to work itself out. We didn’t really pray about it. I thought, ‘why am I not giving this over to God?’ So, I prayed about it,” she shared. “Shortly after the prayer, we went a whole week without a tantrum. We even caught him regulating himself. It all kind of stemmed from me asking God for help with this. I told the group how prayer really does change hearts.” Natasha also sees how Mom’s Refresh helps her to reset, “Every year it's a great weekend. I look forward to it. We always laugh, cry, and make lots of memories with each other. When I leave on Sunday I honestly learn more and more about my relationship with God, my kids, husband. It truly is a refresher.” The Mom's Refresh weekend continues to grow as more Victory Families join the VLC community. For the past four years, the weekend was graciously hosted at Brenda Miller’s home. The growth for Mom’s Refresh means a new location for the May 2018 weekend. New opportunities will be announced during this year’s camping season.

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Celebrating Moms

Posted on: Tuesday May 9, 2017

By: Christy Ragle

The Victory Lane Camp community is full of families who understand the value of connection, friendship, and service. Moms are central in these family units, and it is often moms who make the initial decision to become part of Victory Lane Camp. This month, we celebrate all of the moms involved with VLC by highlighting a few of our favorite mom stories. Mom’s Leap of Faith Sparks Connections Cindy Cook notices people staring at her son Aaron when they go out in public. At Victory Lane Camp, however, Aaron is part of the community. He has friends who include him and engage with him, and Cindy has become active in camp programming. “It takes a big leap of faith, and it’s really hard for a parent to let their child go to a camp if they have special needs and are non-verbal,” she shared. “I didn’t want my kid going to a camp that I wasn’t involved in. Victory Lane Camp is for the whole family. It’s not just for the kids.” Cindy’s story: http://victorylanecamp.org/mom-connects-with-community/   Mom Brings Family to Volunteer Zonda Ketcham understands the impact of volunteering with her family. She serves alongside her family each summer as they teach disability awareness. She’s seen how this service has made a difference in the lives of her children. “Their world is much bigger than they realized and it is made up of many wonderfully different people. We all have our strengths and our weaknesses,” Zonda expressed. “Each of us is special in God’s eyes. He loves us very much, and we should love one another as He loves us.” Zonda’s story: http://victorylanecamp.org/family-volunteering-leads-to-community-impact/   Finding Hope and Chasing Smiles: One Mom’s Journey Taby Wise wasn’t sure how her son AJ would do at his first session of Victory Lane Camp. AJ has Duchenne muscular dystrophy and had become accustomed to saying, “I can’t” when it came to many things. When Taby brought AJ to camp, she saw that change. He quickly gained a new understanding of what he was capable of doing. Taby also worked with Victory Lane Camp donors and other generous givers to secure a mobility vehicle so that her son would not be homebound. “When I asked AJ what he thought about getting this new van, he said ‘Mommy, I’m so glad that it won’t hurt you getting me in and out of the van anymore,’” Taby Wise shared. “I am so very grateful to everyone that has been involved with making this happen.” Taby’s story: http://victorylanecamp.org/chasing-smiles/   Busy Moms Find Friendship Through VLC Sarah Urwin and Dara Upchurch are both moms with busy lives and a deep love for their families. It this love drew them both to the Victory Lane Camp community and led to a meaningful friendship. “When our busy schedules allow, Dara and I have been able to go out together as friends just to relax, encourage, and edify,” Sarah shared. “I am very thankful for her friendship.” This friendship has been a blessing to Dara as well. “Being the parent of a special needs child doesn't have to be a scary, lonely world,” she said. “There are people out there going through this, or ones who truly want to help.” Sarah and Dara’s story: http://victorylanecamp.org/building-friendships/ Twice a month you can find stories about the Victory Lane Camp community. Find these mom stories and many more at www.victorylanecamp.org/blog.  

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‘We just pray:’ Group Provides Prayer Support for Victory Lane Camp

Posted on: Wednesday April 26, 2017

By: Amber Estelle

Victory Lane Camp receives support in several ways. Volunteering time, resources, and goods are some obvious avenues of support. Another form of support is found in prayer. Joanne Passanisi has been a part of the VLC community through prayer since it’s early brainstorming days. Joanne felt the call to bring neighborhood women together through prayer, Bible study and doing life together. “Our neighborhood Bible study consists of a small but mighty group of women, all of us coming from very different backgrounds and life experiences. We are a motley crew and it's unlikely our paths would have crossed outside of this study. Various life events drew us together,” she described. One of those women drawn into the Bible Study was Noell Mosca, the mother of Paige Fischer. When Brett and Paige began the dreaming process of VLC, Noell told the group about it. They began to pray. “While VLC was still an idea we began praying that the Lord would open doors, making connections that would ultimately guide and direct the path and vision for VLC.” Joanne continued, “We prayed that God would bring families to the camps, that He would bring volunteers to work the camps, for facilities to host the camps and for wisdom to deal with the many challenges associated with a ministry like VLC.” The Bloomington, IN, Bible study has seen VLC begin and continue to grow over the years. They have witnessed many answers to their weekly prayers. Joanne recalls specifically, “We prayed for the provision of facilities to hold the camps, and He provided trailers at a campsite and then Bradford Woods who were totally onboard with the philosophy behind VLC which ministers to the whole family.” The group has prayed for health needs within the Victory Lane Camp community, sending cards and helping in other ways. This year, the group diligently prayed for Victory families to sign up. God answered this prayer, and now both summer sessions are full. The Bible study plans to keep VLC on their permanent prayer list. Joan expressed, “We are always praying for guidance and direction and for the VLC families as well a as the families who volunteer and work the camp. We pray for lives to be touched, transformed, and changed by the love of Christ displayed through the camp staff. That the VLC families would also feel encouraged and supported and no longer alone. We pray for energy and health of the staff and volunteers. And we just pray.” Are you part of a group who would like to partner with VLC in prayer? Contact Tiffanny at 765-591-4191 or send an e-mail to tiffanny@VictoryLaneCamp.org.

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