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( J.R.H. 61)

Offered by: Representatives Vincent of Waterbury and Steele of Waterbury.

Whereas, children afflicted with cancer are frequently unable to attend a summer camp due to their medical condition, and

Whereas, the opportunity to attend a summer camp can brighten and lighten these youngsters’ difficult lives, and

Whereas, Ted and Debby Kessler, whose son was stricken with cancer, realized that there was not a summer youth camp in Vermont that their child could attend, and

Whereas, they personally and heroically assumed the challenging task of organizing a summer camp for children with cancer, including the essential fundraising responsibilities, and

Whereas, as a result of their superb efforts, in August 1984, Camp Ta Kum Ta was established, and

Whereas, since that first summer, the Kesslers have continued to dedicate thousands of volunteer hours to the operation of this outstanding facility, and

Whereas, while the Kesslers have sadly mourned the loss of 33 of these special campers, they have not been deterred from continuing this much appreciated and highly esteemed personal commitment, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly recognizes the unique and special commitment that Ted and Debby Kessler have made to improve the lives of young Vermonters with cancer, and be it further

Resolved: That the Clerk of the House prepare a copy of this resolution for presentation to Ted and Debby Kessler.