Hello! My name is Cami Simpson, and welcome to my page!
I am currently 18 years old, and I am studying Industrial & Systems Engineering at the University of Southern California. This page is for me to inform you about the challenges I complete each year. Along with this, my page will contain information about the personal significance and history of each challenge. I hope to explain why I am so passionate about my support for Fundatia Inocenti/Romanian Children’s Relief. Please check out my progress and efforts below on the map!
I began my fundraising efforts when I was 3 years old when I lived in Austin, Texas. Although I can’t remember, my mom tells me that for my 3rd birthday, I requested that my birthday presents from my parents be shopping for items on the wish list for the Austin Children’s Shelter. I like to think that my first experience with the mighty “gift of giving”, a phrase my mother loves to use, started at this moment. When I began to see my service make meaningful differences in the lives of others, I felt happy. It was heartwarming to see the big smiles on the faces of children and hear their giggles as they opened their gifts. With my parents’ help, I began my yearly fundraising for children in need by doing what I like to call “challenges”: physical tasks such as races and hikes. For example, when I was 5, I ran a 5k. When I was 6, I ran a 10k. Every year since, I have completed a variety of “challenges” that have helped me reflect on why I value service.
I was first introduced to the Inocenti/Romanian Children’s Relief (RCR) organization through my school, TASIS, when my family and I moved to England in August 2007. The following summer, my parents and I made a visit to RCR in Bucharest, Romania. After spending a week with 23 orphaned babies and working with the three inspiring staff members, who made the most of their resources and dire circumstances, I decided that RCR was the organization I want to support yearly.
Over the past 10 years, I am grateful for the numerous opportunities I have had to serve Inocenti/RCR. I have continued to witness the amazing transformation that this organization has undergone and the effect they have had on countless Romanian children and families. I am honored to be a small part of this impact. I have learned that my ability to give has been facilitated by many dedicated and generous people in my life. The best gift I have ever been given is comprised of my fundraising experiences and the time I have spent with the disadvantaged children of Romania.
The children of Romania are in dire need of our help and your thoughtful donation would help provide education, therapy, healthcare and hope. PLEASE consider donating to the Romanian Children’s Relief fund; any donation would be greatly appreciated and together we can make a difference!
Thank you for reading my story and supporting me!
The Next Challenge
This summer, August 2019, I’ll be going to Breckenridge, CO to hike several mountains known as the “14ners.” These mountains get their name from their shared altitudes of all over 14,000 ft. This will set a new record for me in terms of the highest mountain I’ve trekked. My previous record was Mount Kinabalu in Southeast Asia at 13,435 ft. If the weather cooperates, we will attempt to summit Lincoln, Democrat, Cameron, and Bross, all part of the Mosquito Range in Breckenridge, CO.
My First Trip to Romania
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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!