Friday, June 13, 2014


Gavin is growing up so fast.  I just got his class picture and I was really surprised at how much he's grown.  I guess I should just get used to this, it happens every year :)

He continues to keep me laughing, even when he is most inappropriate.  The other day I put short ribs in the slow cooker so they would be ready when we all got home from school/work and when we walked into the house (obviously it smelled like dinner) Gavin said, "ewww!  Smells like FAWTS! (farts)  I am NOT eating THAT!"  Thank you, Gavin.  What a lovely response to my cooking, per usual.

I could tell stories like that for days, but that is not why I am posting today :)  As promised, pasted below is the latest newsletter from the TLC Foundation with tons of information on our upcoming events.  Don't forget that today (Friday) is the LAST DAY to purchase Mess Fest tickets at the Early Bird rate - prices go up tomorrow. And for anyone on Long Island, remember tonight is the night that California Pizza Kitchen is donating 20% of sales (westbury location) to TLC.  So bring the flyer and skip cooking tonight!

THE MUDDY PUDDLES MESS FEST 2014 - Saturday, August 9

Get ready for Mess Fest 2014!  We hope you will you join us at Kiwi Country Day Camp for another wild day of messy, outrageous, non-stop fun and entertainment. All proceeds benefit the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation for childhood cancer research.

Here is just a small sampling of what we have planned: The giant mud pit, treasure hunts on the beach, exotic animals, magic shows, water balloon tosses, zip lines, bounce houses, obstacle courses, carnival rides, games & prizes, pony rides, climbing walls, batting cages, arts & crafts galore, balloon animals, face painting, swimming (4 pools and a lake), boating, whipped cream pie tosses, live music, professional dancers, food fights and much, much more!

We are very prepared for another whopping crowd in the thousands this year.  We added multiple activities, we increased parking, we reserved large shuttle buses and we increased our staff to ensure nothing but pure, family fun.

DO THE DIRTY DUNK!  In addition, we added a terrific FUNdraising component for all ages to get involved in directly supporting childhood cancer research.   We will award FREE ADMISSION to each participant who signs up for the Dirty Dunk.  There is a minimum fundraising requirement of $100 per individual (for example, if your entire family of 4 creates a team, set your goal at $400).  At the Mess Fest, we reserved 1PM – 2PM for all participants to jump in the mud, and our professional photographers will be on-hand to award you with a great photo!  Sign-up is easy: (1) visit, (2) click on tab that says "the team," (3) click on "join the team," and (4) customize your page and start fundraising!!

DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD TICKETS AVAILABLE.  Mess Fest ticket prices will go up on June 13, so get your tickets today and save!

* all parking is off-site in designated parking lots, with shuttle service to event site
* no coolers
* be prepared with swimsuits and change of clothes

If you wish to volunteer at the event, email

***For more information about Kiwi Country Day Camp, email***


The Massaro Family has graciously announced an upcoming fundraiser for which they will open their doors to their privately-owned residence inspired by designs of world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright.  Aptly known as “The Massaro House,” the residence was constructed on the heart-shaped Petra Island and shares acreage with “Chahroudi cottage,” the original structure designed and built by Wright in 1951.  Both structures will be open for touring, with registration fees of $100 per individual benefiting the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation for childhood cancer research.

All tours will be taken by boat to access the island.  Not handicapped accessible.

Located just 45 minutes North of NYC, the island is readily accessible by train.  Visit for more information.

TYATHLON 2014, LAKE MAHOPAC, NY - Sept. 27, 2014

It's time to start training for our second annual Mahopac TYathlon. Sign up for the Triathlon or the 5K walk/run and your registration fees will directly support childhood cancer research.  CLICK HERE to register.

If you have ever dabbled with the idea of competing in a triathlon, this is the PERFECT race to help you get your feet wet (literally).  It is a Sprint Triathlon, amounting to ¼ mile swim, 10.5 miles on the bike, and a 3.1 mile run.  Relay options are also available (if you wish to pull together a team of 3, each of you can take on one leg of the race).

The 5K walk/run is the perfect alternative for those who look forward to a morning of lighter athletics for a great cause. All of which takes place around scenic lake Mahopac during the most beautiful time of year.

If you are interested in joining our fundraising team – Team Ty – please email  All Team Ty members get an exclusive race shirt.  Minimum fundraising is encouraged ($1,000 per triathlete, $500 for 5K participants). The greatest reward will be completing the race, knowing how much hope you have created through your unwavering fundraising efforts.  They are fighting the greatest battle of their lives, and we can't let them do it alone.


We can't thank you enough for your support.  As we watch the multitude of school graduations commence across the country, we must remember how many children were robbed of this opportunity due to childhood cancer.  Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children.  At the Ty Louis Campbell Foundation, we are committed to funding innovative childhood cancer research so that some day, this will no longer be true.


  1. Wow. You are amazing

  2. Gavin is adorable. And I know his big bro Ty is very proud!! Your an inspiration to everyone! Betty from Beacon.

  3. Should you ever feel down I hope this video makes you feel better.

  4. Can't wait to be there with my kids.