Oh my gosh, the outpouring is phenominal! Thank you isn't enough! To sponsor an entire camp is to sponsor 16 campers...wouldn't that be a testimony to Smoxy's determination to be "Out Living It?"
The average cost to send a camper is about $1,000, why not?????
"BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE" ~Hunter S. Thompson
This page has been set up to honor one of First Descents biggest supporters.
Danielle Krapinski, aka Smoxy, first got hooked in 2008 at her first kayaking camp. She went on to rock climb at Estes Park, surf not only at Santa Barbara for the inaugural surf camp but also traveled to Costa Rica to catch a few waves there. The last two camps were with a leg brace and limited mobility so that tells you how determined she was to be "out living it" without reservations! Attending the Ball in all her finery was always so much fun and always a reason to travel to Colorado, one of her favorite destinations.
Smoxy's ties to First Descents were tight. The friends she made while on this journey were not just friends, they became family and supported and rallied around her with each roadblock she encountered. Just as SHE supported her FD family in a way only Smoxy could pull off! This family was with her throughout her last night, sending posts, video clips and overall outrageous thoughts that were read to her all night long. I believe her favorite was the "What do you do for a living" clip...her answer? "I accept challenges, what do YOU do?"
To honor that fiestiness, this page is designed to continue Smoxy's wish to accept challenges and to continue sending young adults living with cancer to participate in the adventure that is FD. FD gave Danielle something her family or other friends could not...total acceptance and understanding of her life with cancer. Try as we might, we just didn't "get it" and the people she met at these camps did. A place to be herself, to say what she wanted, to be accepted... with a group of people in a club that none of them chose to be in.
Our goal is to send at least 5 young adults to camp this year. Of course if we are able to send more that is just icing on the cake! Every bit counts, we appreciate anything you can donate and if that is not possible, your passing on this site to others would be a huge help!
The quote above was Danielle's all time favorite and she took it to heart. Please buy the ticket and take this ride with her!