In a show of solidarity for our six City Dads Group members walking across England to aid a camp for the children of cancer patients, three of our chapters are holding local fundraising walks July 12.
Our Chicago, Detroit and New York City outposts are rallying fathers in their areas to help with the $1,000 contribution City Dads Group has pledged that day as a sponsor of the week-long Dads4Kesem hike in the UK. That walk aims to raise $40,000 for Camp Kesem, a nonprofit that offer free summer camps and other events for the 3 million children nationwide affected by a parent battling cancer.
Twelve dad bloggers are walking along northern England’s Hadrian’s Wall, a 84-mile fortification built in the first century A.D. that once marked the northernmost point of the Roman Empire. The goal of the July 10-16 journey is raise money to open a Camp Kesem chapter on the campus at the University of Maryland, which is near the home of fellow dad blogger Oren Miller.
Miller, a University of Maryland grad who died from lung cancer last year, chronicled his life as a stay-at-home dad online, using the platform to take on fatherhood stereotypes and pushing for fathers to be viewed as equal parental partners.
The six City Dads participating in the July 10-16 walk are:
- Chris Routly, Portland Dads Group, of The Full Routly
- Michael Moebes, Atlanta Dads Group, of Dadcation
- Whit Honea, L.A. Dads Group and City Dads Group columnist, of Dads4Change
- Jim Higley, Chicago Dads Group, of Bobblehead Dad. He is also the chief development and marketing officer for Camp Kesem.
- Jason Greene, NYC Dads Group, of One Good Dad
- Jeff Bogle, Philly Dads Group, of Out With the Kids
They will be joined by: