Timmy Walsh, of Camera For A Cure (CFAC), held his fifth annual show/sale during the Marley’s Mission Pre Gala Party at the Hilton Scranton on the eve of the Blue Ribbon Gala. Selling his original photos, books, puzzles and more to party-goers, Walsh and other young supporters had the opportunity to listen to Olivia Kay, YouTube singing sensation visiting from Edmond, OK.
Walsh has been raising funds for Marley’s Mission for five years and plans to continue his fundraising efforts.
Marley’s Mission was created almost seven years ago after April Kemp’s young daughter was attacked in her home. Undergoing multiple forms of therapy, the little girl was not responding. That was until she was introduced to equine therapy. Forging a deep relationship with a therapy horse, her life seemed to change and a smile returned to her face.
Kemp knew she had to bring this form of therapy to other hurting children. Taking her thoughts and ideas and joining with friends and family, Kemp found a way to make Marley’s Mission a reality. The Marley’s Mission family has seen children suffering from the trauma of sexual abuse, military deployment, medical trauma and more. The organization has helped hundreds of children since its opening. It has grown each year since it began. All children are seen at no cost to the family.
The Blue Ribbon Gala is the largest fundraiser of the year for the mission.
Camera For A Cure was created by Timmy Walsh at the age of 5, with his first show/sale at the age of 6. Understanding the severity and lack of funding for lung cancer after his aunt was diagnosed with stage 3A lung cancer, Walsh knew he had to do something to help. He created CFAC and has been raising funds for nonprofit organizations and illness stricken families since 2008.
Now, at the age of 14, Walsh continues his quest to raise funds and awareness for lung cancer.
Walsh is an Olyphant/Dalton resident, attends Susquehanna Prep and is an Eagle Scout with Troop 57 of Dickson City.