Several members of the NYC Dads Group, kids in tow, will take a stroll through Central Park Tuesday, July 12, in a show of solidarity for a dozen fathers trekking across England to raise money for a camp for the children of cancer patients.
Our NYC outpost joins the Chicago and Detroit chapters of City Dads Group in rallying local fathers to help with the $1,000 contribution our organization has pledged to raise as a sponsor of the week-long Dads4Kesem hike in the United Kingdom. That UK walk hopes to raise $40,000 for Camp Kesem, a nonprofit offering free summer camps and other events for the 3 million children nationwide affected by a parent battling cancer.
The “Walking Dads” are hiking along 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 raising money to open a Camp Kesem chapter on the campus at the University of Maryland. The school is near the home of fellow dad blogger Oren Miller, who succumbed to lung cancer in 2015.
“Oren Miller was a friend to dad bloggers around the world. He was a great organizer, a great writer, and more importantly, a great dad,” NYC Dads Group member Jason Greene, one of the 12 “Walking Dads” on the hike, recently wrote on his blog. “I owe a lot to Oren and the rest of the dad blogging community.”