#GivingTuesday donations matched up to $15,000

#GivingTuesday is a global day celebrating giving and philanthropy. Much like Black Friday and Cyber Monday are widely recognized days that kick off the holiday shopping season, #GivingTuesday is commemorated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving when many are focused on year-end charitable giving. The Academy is asking you to join the #GivingTuesday movement on November 29 by making Camp Discovery your charity of choice. Can’t wait until #GivingTuesday? Make your gift now! It will still be included in our matching gift offer. Donate now!

Ringpfeil.pngBy Franziska Ringpfeil, MD

I donate to Camp Discovery—and I hope you will, too, on #GivingTuesday. This year your gift will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $15,000.

Last year, I offered a matching gift for #GivingTuesday because I wanted to inspire people to donate more. I was very excited to see the level of donations we received. Your donations, along with my matching gift, resulted in more than $20,500 being donated to Camp Discovery—enough to give 10 kids a life-changing experience!

Building on this enthusiasm, I am pleased to announce my commitment to matching your gifts againup to $5,000. In addition, one of my colleagues, Dr. E. Michael Kramer, has been so inspired by Camp Discovery that he is also offering to match your gifts, up to an additional $10,000, for a total potential #GivingTuesday match of up to $15,000! I am so happy we are doing this together—I could not be more thankful!

Camp Discovery gives children hope

Camp Discovery is near and dear to my heart. After hearing my colleagues talking about this life-changing program for children with serious skin conditions, I was inspired to give and started asking others to do the same. That was nearly 20 years ago.

gt16-left-sidebar-infographic.jpgI have made donations to Camp Discovery every year since then and have volunteered at Camp three times because of my personal, intrinsic need to provide this transformative experience to as many children as possible. Every summer, under the expert care of dermatologists and nurses, campers receive crucial care for severe skin conditions and spend time among other kids who have similar diseases.

Equally as important to the dermatologic care they receive at Camp Discovery is the emotional support and social opportunity they experience. Camp Discovery is a safe place where children don’t have to fear how others look at them because of their skin conditions. They don’t feel alone. They learn they are not defined by their diseases. As these week-long camps come to an end every year, I love watching the children’s excitement build for the next one. Camp Discovery is such a positive experience that the kids literally start counting down the days until they can come back.

Because of your support and that of others, the Academy is proud to provide this uplifting experience to more than 300 children every year. There is no fee, no transportation expenses, or other costs for campers.

With 2016 quickly coming to an end, now is the time to reflect on how your practice, and our specialty, provide life-changing care to patients with serious skin disease. We sincerely hope you thoughtfully consider making a significant difference in the lives of some of our most fragile kids under our collective care by giving to Camp Discovery.

Remember, the more gifts that are received, the more Dr. Kramer and I will match! Your support is genuinely appreciated and will mean so much to this amazing program and the children and families positively impacted by this experience!

Can’t wait until #GivingTuesday? Make your gift now! It will still be included in our matching gift offer.

Donate now!

Dr. Ringpfeil is in private practice in Philadelphia and Haverford, Penn. She is assistant professor of dermatology at Sidney Kimmel College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Dr. Ringpfeil is a recipient of the AAD Young Investigator Award. She has held positions on the expert panel of the Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types and is a member on the advisory board for the National Association for Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum.