Sprout Lake Receives A Chance to Save a Life

posted by on Jul 24, 2020

An open letter to someone we don’t know –


July 24, 2020

To a Very Special Person-

I don’t know your name or address or even where this letter is reaching you, but I know you and who you are deep inside. During the summer of 2010, you were at Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake for Family Fun Day. Maybe you were a parent or a staff member but during your visit, you saw our Making A Difference station set up with free swabbing to become a Give the Gift of Life donor and agreed to get swabbed.

It’s now ten years later, and you probably never thought twice about that day and the simple act of kindness that you did. We were just notified that you are a match for someone, you have a ability to donate marrow or blood stem cells. You have the capacity to save a life.

So, I don’t know your name, but I know you must be an incredible person who selflessly agreed to get swabbed on that hot summer day when you came to camp. I know on that day, you agreed to be an extraordinary role model for your camper, and exhibit how we are all responsible for one another Kol Yisrael Arevim Zeh Le Zeh –   ‏כל ישראל ערבים זה לזה. I know you are a person that cares about the world and your fellow humans, and cared enough ten years ago to stop and get swabbed.

Wherever this journey now takes you, I wanted to thank you personally and on behalf of Camp Young Judaea Sprout Lake. We have spent the last 44 years inspiring children to make a difference in the world. You exemplify the change we want to inspire. So, I don’t know your name, but I know you- a person that cares enough to make a difference in someone’s life.


Stay safe & thank you,


Helene Drobenare Horwitz, MSW, MA

Executive Director, Young Judaea Sprout Camps