The Taylor Family Foundation, founded in 1990 by Barry and Elaine Taylor, is kicking off a year-long celebration to commemorate its 25th anniversary and 15th year of camp.
Festivities began this weekend with the Hemophilia Foundation of Northern California, which brought its annual group of children to Camp Arroyo.
For 25 years, the Taylor Foundation has served children with developmental disabilities, life-threatening and chronic illnesses such as brain tumors, autism, heart disease, diabetes, pediatric cancers, skin disease, asthma, burn survivors and pediatric HIV/AIDS.
Annually, 3,000 children have an opportunity to enjoy a unique camp experience at no cost. The campers learn to overcome challenges, build lasting friendships and are able "to be kids" without worrying about medicine, doctors, surgeries and other difficult life circumstances.
The foundation's commitment is to provide financial and emotional support for children and families in the community who are in critical need. It supports these families in medical crisis through grants that provide children with clothing, pay for funeral expenses, pay for medical devices and help with rents.
In 2013, the foundation launched a music therapy program for children at camp. In 2014, its Mobile Music Therapy program in partnership with Sophie's Place, a Forever Young Foundation initiative, brought music to children who are home-bound or patients in local Northern California hospitals.
Later this year, on Sunday, Aug. 30, the foundation will have a special celebration of its 25 years of giving at its Annual Day in the Park auction fundraiser at Camp Arroyo in Livermore.
For more information, sign on to the foundation's web site at www.ttff.org or call (925) 455-5118.