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Exciting times at CNL Headquarters!

Posted by mdash on June 01, 2017
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May has been an exciting month for our Founder and Executive Director, Mary Leighton!

Dr. Mary Leighton!

Mary was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters on May 20th, 2017, from Quinnipiac University in Hamden, Connecticut.  She was awarded the doctorate for her groundbreaking work with children with limb loss and their families, and for the impact that she has made touching the lives of so many people.

She was invited to deliver the commencement speech to the School of Health Sciences at Quinnipiac.   Speaking before the graduating class of 2017, she shared memories of her path in life, as she moved toward realization of her passion and her actions in making this vision come to fruition.

“I didn’t do things in the typical order, she said. “Your life choices might take you down a different path, if you follow your heart. That’s okay. Every path you take can teach you something.”

“I realized going through life you’re not alone, and it’s about community,” she said. “Changing the lives of others is the most important thing.”

“Your path may lead you in various directions. But what you want to leave the world with is how you can make the world a better place. There are so many opportunities. You need to be ready and open to them.”

To view the commencement speech please follow this link: https://livestream.com/oconchobhairproductions/events/7344520?t=1495407759125

                                                                        Welcome Benjamin!

Welcome Baby Benjamin!  Mary gave birth to her first child May 8th, 2017, at 10:56pm.   Benjamin Thomas Leighton Branagan weighed in at 7 pounds, 8 ounces and was 20 inches long.  Mom and baby are doing well enjoying quiet time at home.  Mary is limiting her work schedule for the next few months.  If you have immediate needs regarding camp information, please feel free to email Melanie Dash, Program Director.  If you are in need of questions for Mary, please be advised that a response may take a few days, or you may receive a response from another staff member.  Thank you for your understanding during this wonderful new time!

What an incredible weekend we had at Sunday River Ski Resort. About 50 members of the CNL family came together for a weekend of adaptive skiing, snowboarding, and celebrations! This year we rented a beautiful house which served as home base but also allowed for more family connection as we gathered for meals and evening get togethers. Take a look at some of the excitement below!

Here is what one of our moms had to say about their experience:

“Being part of the Camp sNOw Limits is magical, and with the passing of each year I continue to be in awe! From the volunteers to the facility itself, CNL renews our energy and encourages us to step up and step out!

There are people from all walks of life who volunteer, from the guys at Maine Adaptive who help with things from equipment and sleds to skiing with the campers one on one. Then there are parents who are always collaborating with each other, together making it all happen with seemingly effortless grace, it is true teamwork at its best and is an example of what we all need to see and experience.

We are witness to each other’s talents, skills and knowledge. We get the opportunity to talk and to each other as individuals and as families. To share the struggles and the accomplishments we all gain and grow. We are not alone but part of a greater community. The support system we are part of is phenomenal and drives us to push through the hard stuff so that we can be part of the great stuff!

We have come for the past two years and as a single mom this is so important to my daughter. She gets to see and feel a life free of judgment, and see a life full of possibilities.  

CNL and Maine Adaptive allow amputees and parent’s the ability to be adventurous, take risks and have FUN!” — Jess Biagini, mom of Lilly

A special thank you to Maine Adaptive Sports & Recreation, without your amazing volunteers, Camp sNOw Limits would not be possible. Your hard work and dedication to our program is greatly appreciated and we look forward to hitting the slopes again with you next year!

We kicked off our 2017 season with Camp No Limits Florida! We started off with a pleasant surprise as the facility we use, Dayspring Conference Center, built a brand new building for their guests and it fit our needs perfectly! Thank you Dayspring for always having a beautiful facility and welcoming, helpful staff!

We began our adventure at Clearwater Marine Aquarium with a visit with Winter the dolphin and a tour of the facility! Thank you to David Yates and the CMA team for welcoming our group and creating an incredibly memorable experience.

Back at camp we were treated to a fun animal show compliments of Gatorland. Tim Williams brought a gator, tarantula, lizards and a python to entertain us on our first night at camp! Thank you Tim for your continued support of our program and bringing out the creepy crawlies for us to play with!

Common Ground Adventures came back to play in the trees with us again this year during our Adventure Afternoon. We also had a great time with the ropes course, going canoeing and kayaking and improving our biking skills with PTs Cameron and Karen.

Camp has a new family art project this year! Each family will work together to create a piece of art to take home to remember their time spent at Camp No Limits! Check out one of the designs created at CNL Florida.

Sticking with camp tradition, we had our talent show once again. Emcees Justine, Cameron and Kristen organized an incredible night of singing, dancing, tumbling, joke telling, one handed shoe tying, tae kwon do, skits, and some impressive piano playing! Thanks to all who dazzled us with your talents and kept us laughing throughout the evening!

Of course camp wouldn’t be possible without our incredible group of volunteers. We welcomed many new volunteers to the CNL family and were thrilled to have so many returners as well. Thank you all for your help, your energy and the connections you made with our campers and their families! We hope you’ll join us at another camp soon 🙂

We have some exciting news to share. We’ve rebranded!

Check out our new logos below and read on to learn what the heart logo means to No Limits Foundation and Camp No Limits!

                                                                     

 

The No Limits Foundation brand is now a brand of its own, accommodating the growth of our organization and allowing us to continue our mission. Through the NLF we will be able to Educate, Empower, and Support more people at camp, through our programs and in our communities.

About Our Logo

The heart is a rendition of our anatomical hearts. Non-symmetrical, seemingly in motion, it portrays different shapes, that although they may
seem “imperfect” or “irregular” by themselves, together, they form something bigger; something that we all share in common despite our differences — a Heart Without Limits.

Think back to our closing day at camp, to our group circle when we all share our most favorite part of the weekend. Through the laughter, smiles and tears, the love you feel emanating from that circle is palpable. The power of Camp No Limits is felt immensely in that moment as we collectively share our stories, the foundation of those stories is love.

The decision to not include an image of a limb different person or someone wearing a prosthetic anywhere in the logo was intentional. The family experience is what sets Camp No Limits apart and what makes your experience so special. Campers, siblings, parents, volunteers and staff are all impacted by CNL. Everyone finds a piece of camp for themselves, everyone has a take away.

We hope you will join us in celebrating our most recent change and we look forward to continuing to grow with you into the future. There’s a lot of exciting things on our horizon and we can’t wait to share with you what we’ve got planned next!

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