Leah spends the summer of her young life at Tamarack

December 5, 2013 | Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

In many ways, the Stein family was a typical Jewish household. Bob Stein worked for a major local company, his wife Ellen was a stay at home mom and their daughter Leah attended grade school and looked forward to attending Tamarack Camps each summer.

Then, serious difficulties emerged when Bob was diagnosed with a degenerative disease. At the same time, his company began downsizing, raising concerns about both his long-term health care and employment status. With his illness came a new financial burden that made non-essentials, such as summer camp, difficult to afford.

The Steins were desperate to continue offering a Jewish camp experience to Leah. Bob and Ellen, too, badly needed a summer respite. With a scholarship from Tamarack, Leah was able to continue attending camp and the entire family was both thrilled and deeply relieved.

“Thank you so much for providing us with the financial support necessary to send Leah to camp,” wrote Mrs. Stein in a letter to Tamarack. “This has been a very difficult year for us, and you made it a lot easier knowing that my daughter can still be at the ‘greatest place on earth,’ and definitely her favorite place in the world! Thank you!”

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