This blog is by Christina Markish, Field Operations: Chapter Developement in Washington, D.C.
Campbell and Colin Stewart set out on a mission: to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for Campbell’s daughter, Sophie. The idea came to Campbell after participating in the Richmond Walk Now for Autism Speaks. He wanted to do something unique to raise awareness for the 1 in 88 children diagnosed on the autism spectrum, so he set up a Fundraise Your Way page and started blogging about the details as he prepared for his journey. Campbell’s wife, Nicole, wrote: “We're doing this not only to raise money for Autism Speaks, but we also want to bring attention to what autism actually is and what it's like to raise a child that is on the spectrum.”
Since Campbell conceived the idea to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro in August of 2012, Campbell and Colin have raised over $24,000 for Autism Speaks through their Fundraise Your Way campaign. In addition, they have raised tremendous awareness along the way through their over 180 donors, over 800 Facebook followers, blog, and through their photo of the flag they had specially designed for this journey that has appeared in their local paper. Campbell stated: “I have been touched by the outpouring of support within the community and within my company, Enterprise Rent a Car. Through Enterprise’s charitable foundation, they have shown support for me.” You can learn more about Campbell’s journey through his blog and Facebook page “Hiking Kilimanjaro for Sophie,” or visit his Fundraise Your Way page HERE.
Congratulations on your amazing achievement, and thank you Campbell and Colin!