I would like to start by thanking the Montana Hope Project, its coordinators, supporters, and all those involved. Through their efforts, I have been able to create, and continue to create, lasting memories from unforgettable experiences.
Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “ The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” Montana Hope Project has given me the opportunity to do just that. By granting my wish for a self-contained, adventure-ready camper, I have been able to reach and chase new experiences without medical limitations holding me back.
The Project’s attention to detail in making my wish come true amazed my family and me. Bozeman Area Coordinator, Joe Rehbein, went above and beyond in assisting me to make sure my camper was everything and more than I wished for.
Throughout the summer, I was able to take my sister and her fiancé from out of state camping and show them the very best of Montana. I was able to travel out of state to Cheyenne, Wyoming for the Fourth of July. I was able to adventure away from civilization with friends. All of which I was able to do because of the Montana Hope Project. Not only was the camper used to make fun memories, it made trips to doctors a great deal easier by not having to get a hotel for those appointments away from home. Making sometimes stressful situations that much easier on me and my family, and the experiences aren't over. I am planning to take the camper hunting this fall and around the state skiing this winter.
I cannot begin to express how much easier it is to enjoy what I love when I have a fully-equipped place to maintain my medical health away from home. Furthermore, having a place that is mine has given me the opportunity to learn how to care for my medical needs independently as a young adult. It's no exaggeration when I say that I slept in my camper more nights this summer than my own bedroom. That experience taught me more about keeping myself healthy than any other.
To those who support and sponsor this amazing organization, thank you. To those who keep this amazing organization going, thank you. To those who are thinking of reaching out to this amazing organization to make a wish, absolutely, without hesitation, do it, and to the Montana Hope Project as a whole, I thank you endlessly.
Carsten, Child of Hope,