Hello! My name is Cami Simpson and welcome to my page! I am currently 15 years old, and I have just finished my sophomore year of high school. This page is for me to communicate to you all about the challenges that I do each year, the history behind those challenges, and why I have become so passionate about these challenges. Please check it out below on the map!
I began my fund raising efforts when I was about 3 years old back when I lived in Austin, Texas. Although I can’t remember, my mom told me that for my 3rd birthday, my present from them (my parents) was to go shopping for the wish list of one of the charities I picked. That was when I was first introduced to “the gift of giving”. When I saw the difference this was starting to make, I realized that I was really passionate about helping others. I talked to my parents and we became more organized. When I turned 4 years old, I began to think about doing “challenges” (that’s what I liked to call them) to raise money for the children’s shelter in Austin. I ran a 5k when I was 5, and a 10k when I was 6.
In August 2007, my family and I moved to England. This is when I was introduced to the Romanian Children’s Relief organization through the teachers at my school. Over Christmas break of each year, I would start training for my challenge in March. In addition to this I would decorate old tissue boxes as donation boxes to be set out at my school. I chose March because that is my mom’s birthday month and she always wishes that I gave to others as a gift to her: “the gift of giving”. It has become a yearly tradition for my sister and I to give in her honor. In addition, throughout the last 15 years I have also donated my hair several times to Locks of Love.
The ability to give is really important to me because it makes me, as well as others, feel good inside. Especially after I have visited the children in Bucharest, Romania and have seen how my simple actions can make such positive impact on the children. This is why I continue to raise money for this amazing organization. RCR has little resources, but they do SO MUCH with the little they have, and I want to help them do more!
These children are in dire need of our help, and your donation will help provide food, shelter, and hope. PLEASE consider donating to the Romanian Children’s Relief fund, any donation would be greatly appreciated!!
Thank you for reading my story and supporting me!
The Next Challenge
This will be my 9th year of raising money for RCR. On July 10th, I will be hiking down 5,000 feet of the beautiful Grand Canyon and all the way back up in one day! My family and I will hike the south Kaibab Trail (steeper) down, and cross the Colorado River at the bottom. From there, we will continue to the Bright Angel Campground where we will allow ourselves a short break to eat lunch. Finally, we will hike the Bright Angel Trail (longer) back up to the rim, completing a total of 16.3 miles. It is most definitely a challenge to complete this grueling hike in such a short amount of time, but with a mission and purpose in mind, I can do this! I am extremely eager to experience such a beautiful wonder, while challenging myself both physically and mentally for a very dear cause to me.
My First Trip to Romania
Explore all of challenges Cami has completed throughout her life to support the children in Romania!
Cami Simpson, her sister, her mom, and her dad, came with me in the summer of 2008 to the Romanian Children’s Relief program in Bucharest. Cami was just eight years old. She spent each day with the babies, playing with them, feeding them, and loving them. I was so touched by her gentle way, as well as her inner strength. This visit began Cami’s dedication towards raising awareness and funds for the children that are served by the programs run by RCR. Cami has taken part in raising money in a variety of ways, including running races and climbing mountains! I am so impressed with her continued commitment and care towards the children. I know that she says that I inspired her, but all I can say is that Cami inspires me!
– Wendy Gediman, a teacher at TASIS, the American School in England
Even though is was nearly 10 years ago, I remember Cami as a very sweet little girl very interested in playing with the babies, holding them and even feeding them! She showed a lot of care towards the children and even though she was very young, she proved to be very skilled in handling them.
Cami had a great interest in the children’s stories, and would listen very carefully to learn all she could about the children in the program. It was obvious she cares a great deal about the children.
I am impressed to see that even now, after so many years, she is still caring about the less fortunate babies she met and she keeps helping us in our work. I would like to say, ”Multumesc foarte mult, Cami!” for you constant dedication and big heart!
– Iuliana Tudor, Fundatia Inocenti – RCR Child Life Program Manager
IOMC Rusescu Hospital, Bucharest
What I admire greatly about Cami is her leadership style. She does things quietly and gracefully. She has a positive attitude with a smile that is irresistible and she leads by example through her strong work ethic and dedication. Despite her young age, she already knows what is important to her. Fundraising for RCR Inocenti is simply a manifestation of staying true to her value of helping others who are less fortunate than herself. Cami is my neighbor. I am thoroughly impressed with this young lady and am pleased to support her again this year for the Grand Canyon Challenge…. GO CAMI!!!!!!
– Virginia Guilfoile
I’m not surprised with Cami’s dedication to helping the children! Cami puts her heart and soul into everything she truly believes in! Obviously, the children in Romania made a lasting impression on her at an early age! She’s an unusual teenager that puts the wellbeing of others before herself. When she found out that our daughter Hailey needed extra help with reading, she carved time out of her rigorous academic schedule to tutor her for an entire year! We all look forward to seeing Cami complete her latest hiking challenge in support of your foundation!
– Silvana Bloom
I’ve known Cami her entire life, literally. She was born down the hall in the same hospital as my son, a mere two days apart. I’ve had the pleasure to watch her grow and become the amazing young lady she is today.
Cami has always been a very sweet, caring, and insightful child. She has the uncanny ability to sense the needs of others and her antennae is always up, sensing when someone needs a little help, hug or words of encouragement. Unselfishly, she seems to put the needs and wants of others above her own. At an early age, she began trying to make the world a better place by finding ways to the less fortunate, particular children. She’s a real inspiration. It’s not often that a young person appreciates their own blessings and is concerned with the needs of others, but Cami does!
Her experience early in life at the Romanian Children’s Relief made a huge impact on her. She was touched in a profound way and was called to action. By simply hearing her heart felt stories, she called other to help too. As she prepared for her second visit I recall being moved to want to help her make a difference by purchasing essentials (like onesies) that she could take with her.
What impresses me the most about Cami is that she gives of herself. She doesn’t just ask for money, she puts her heart and soul into earning it. She sets a physical challenge annually, she trains and pushes herself to perform rather than simply asking for a donation. Knowing sweet Cami as well as I do, I’d be willing to bet she’s thinking of the kids she’s helping every step of the way!
I can’t wait to see what she tackles next! The world is a better place because of her caring and kind soul.
May God bless Cami and her beloved Romanian Children’s Relief.
– Liz Richardson
We have known Cami and her family for almost 10 years. We met when our families were both ex-pats in the UK. We have witnessed first hand the amazing energy, compassion, and dedication Cami has for RCR Inocenti. Deep within Cami’s heart she has the drive to make a difference… and she does make a difference in everything she accomplishes! She has touched so many people with her passion to help others. She has run races, climbed mountains, visited and helped children in need as well as given presentations to help support causes close to her heart. Cami and her family are an amazing example of how one can make a difference and Cami, your passion is contagious! Congratulations on your 9th fundraiser for RCR Cami!