On July 30th, 2019, Cody Deaner visited the Rumball Deaf Camp to be a guest speaker for the day. A few years ago, Cody connected with a camper from Rumball named Christopher. Together, last year, they raised $1000 to send underprivileged kids to Rumball Deaf Camp. This year, their campaign raised $2502.
During his visit, Cody toured the camp, met the campers, went swimming, and shared his "Dare to Dream BIG" presentation with all the campers. He had the following to say about his visit:
"My words won’t do this experience justice, but I’ll try...A few years ago, I met a young deaf boy named Christopher at a wrestling show. He blessed me with a sign language name and from that day forward, we’ve formed a friendship that has blossomed into us raising money together through my “Giv’er for Charity” campaign for an amazing place... The Rumball Camp of The Deaf. Yesterday... I had the honor and privilege of not just visiting this amazing place, but sharing my story of “dreaming BIG” with all of the wonderful campers.
Bob Rumball was an amazing man. And his organization is now a family operated foundation. Yesterday, I had the privilege of meeting the Rumball family who pour their heart and soul into this place. They truly have servant hearts for every single camper. The ring leader of this amazing crew is Bob Rumball’s son - Derek Rumball.
Derek took me on a guided tour of the camp. He showed me the lookout point where the kids can go cliff diving or swing off the Tarzan rope into the water. He took me out on their boat to show me the beautiful lake the kids get to canoe, kayak, wakeboard, ski, and tube in. He showed me their natural lakewater splash pad and water slide. Which I immediately had to slide down with a bunch of campers 😆😆😆
I heard stories about the various campers and staff. I spoke to dozens of smiling, appreciative children. All who have been dealt a difficult hand in life... but also all refuse to not let that bring them down. Their smiles and pure appreciation for me being there genuinely made my day. It was immediately apparent to me that this was no ordinary camp. The Rumball Camp is a special place. A very very special place.
As I’ve travelled around the country speaking... I have literally told THOUSANDS of kids across Canada about my buddy Christopher and our fundraising efforts for the Rumball Camp. It meant SO MUCH to me to be able to tell that story at this camp, WITH CHRISTOPHER, in front of all of his camp friends.
The smile on Christopher’s face alone made this trip worthwhile.
I have more stories from my visit that I will share in the coming days. All of them point to one thing... I was MEANT to be connected to this camp. I truly believe my involvement with this amazing place and, more importantly, these amazing people was not an accident. It was meant to be. And I look forward to many more years to come of working with the amazing folks at the Rumball Camp of the Deaf.
Thanks for sharing this little piece of heaven with me.
Bob Rumball was definitely a man who dared to dream BIG. And his family is continuing to live that dream out for the betterment of so many young people. It’s an honor to be a small part of this amazing big dream.
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