David Larmore Fund aids Easter Seals campers

Kayleen, a 21-year-old grant recipient of the David Larmore Memorial Fund, was dubbed “Happiest Camper” at her first-ever camp experience at Easter Seals Camp Fairlee.

Kayleen, a 21-year-old grant recipient of the David Larmore Memorial Fund, was dubbed “Happiest Camper” at her first-ever camp experience at Easter Seals Camp Fairlee.

Kayleen is always happy. So it was no surprise to her mom, Sue, that her 21-year-old daughter was dubbed “Happiest Camper” at her first ever camp experience at Easter Seals Camp Fairlee.

Sending Kayleen to Camp has been a dream of Sue’s for many years and thanks to a grant from the David Larmore Memorial Fund that dream finally came true.

“The scholarship is amazing. I am not able to afford to send her to Camp on my own so I am a very, very grateful woman. It was a wonderfully positive, amazing gift,” Sue said. “Kayleen’s experience could not have been better! She loved every minute of it. She was happy when I picked her up, but she did not want to leave. She was so excited. She loved being with people her own age.”

Kayleen was the first recipient of a grant from the David Larmore Memorial Fund to fully fund a camper from the lower shore to attend a week at Camp Fairlee. The Larmore Family of Salisbury created a legacy at the Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore by establishing a fund in memory of their son David, who attended Camp Fairlee in his teens.

They established the fund to benefit local nonprofit organizations, like Easter Seals, that support persons with severe physical disabilities. David was born with Spina Bifida that resulted in multiple congenital birth defects. He passed away in 2002 at the age of 32.

“We are glad that Camp Fairlee was the first recipient of the David Larmore Memorial grant. David had a wonderful experience while he was there. We love Camp Fairlee,” Sheldon Larmore, David’s father, says. “It is great to give back to a community who gave us so much.”

While Kayleen was enjoying her time at camp, Sue was able to catch up on sleep and finally accomplish a big project she is not able to complete with Kayleen around. She also enjoyed some spicy food that Kayleen is unable to eat.

“I am so grateful to have Kayleen. She is the best thing that ever happened to me. I have learned so many things about what is important in life. We are all better for it. I am thankful to God for the gift of Kayleen.”

To learn more about the David Larmore Memorial Fund to help individuals with disabilities, like Kayleen, who need assistance funding supplies and equipment, as well as respite time, contact BJ Summers at the CFES at cfes.org.

Easter Seals Camp Fairlee, outside of Chestertown, is the only camp in the region that provides a typical residential camp experience for children and adults with disabilities year-round. Camp Fairlee offers week-long camp sessions throughout the summer, Travel Trips throughout the year and weekend respite/retreat programs from August through May. Learn more about Camp Fairlee at easterseals.com/fairlee.

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