The Michael Cameron Dempsey Fund made a significant donation in late 2015 to North Star Reach, a barrier-free camp – free of physical barriers, free of medical barriers and free of financial barriers – that provides life-changing experiences for children with serious health challenges and their families.
Michael had discussions with NSR’s CEO about ideas while home in the summer of 2013. He was moved by the prospect of the work of this camp located in Southeastern Michigan on a 105-acre peninsula, surrounded by beautiful lakes, tall trees, rolling hills, and a clear view of the sky above.
The Fund has sponsored installation of a flagpole outside the Dining Hall entrance, which will fly the American flag. Michael wore a USAID patch and served under our flag during his nearly two years of service to the American people in Afghanistan (2011-2013).
The Dining Hall is where campers and staff will congregate at least twice a day, so it is central to the camp experience, and the flagpole will remind those who see the memorial plaque that the person it honors was engaged in devoted service to his country.
The camp will open this coming summer for three weeks, then have more weeks in the fall, and completely open for good in 2017.