Walking with Jimmy will be kicking off its first expedition this year on May 29th where the program’s first participating family will fly to Seattle Washington.  WWJ embraces a new concept in providing respite care to families dealing with childhood cancer by bringing the families, corporate sponsors and partners together.  WWJ has been blessed with such participating partners as Island Adventures of Anacortes Washington, Camp Orkila of Orcas Island, Emmanuel Episcopal Church also of Orcas Island.  True Hilton of Cheyenne Wyoming, and of course Schooners North of San Juan Island.  Together, we all have the hope of taking the concern and hardships families are forced to endure from battling childhood cancer and show them they don’t walk alone in their journey.

 

While in Washington, through the help and dedication of our partners, participants will enjoy the thrill of watching Orcas whales and other marine wildlife in their natural environments, hike and explore a natural rain forest and stand atop one of the highest points in the island chain viewing God’s beautiful creations in a panoramic view.  Emanuel Episcopal Church will greet the participants with a welcome dinner.  Participants will also have an opportunity to get first hand knowledge and experience in sailing a real schooner.  Then its off to Camp Orkila, known as one of the best YMCA camps in North America.  There participants will partake in camp programing such as archery, crafts, etc.,

 

We are all very excited this program is finely underway.  More importantly, we are very grateful for all our blessed partners and everyone who has provided financial support for this program.  Without their extraordinary generosity, this program would not be where it is today.  On behalf of All Saints Episcopal Church and the Advisory Board, I wish to personally thank you all for sharing our vision and helping us to work toward the same goal.  God Bless!

 

James

Program Director

Robin Lemon

Program Advisor

 

Robin comes to the Walking with Jimmy program with extensive experience in serving underprivileged children in the community.  After serving The Royal Family Kids organization since 2006, Robin shifted gears and helped develop the current WWJ program with her husband.  A native of Kansas, Robin has spent I lifetime working with several community efforts both inside and outside the church mostly revolving around children and families.  Robin is the Mother of two sons who are now fully grown and have left the nest to pursue their own interest in serving their new community.

Savannah Burkhalter

Counselor

 

Native of Corinth, TX, Savannah attended Lake Dallas High School and graduated from there in May of 2014. From there, she went on to continue her academic and athletic career at Vernon College in Vernon, TX. Savannah played softball at Vernon for two years. She continued her softball career at University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, AR, where she played for one year. Savannah then decided to end her softball career as a player and come to Pratt, KS, where she has just completed her first year as an assistant softball coach under Head Coach Melvin Jenkins. She will continue coaching at Pratt Community College for a second year in hopes of getting the program back to a winning team. While coaching, Savannah is continuing her academic career online at Nicholls State University where she will earn a bachelor's degree in history with hopes of continuing to coach at the college level.

The Way of St. James was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages, together with those to Rome and Jerusalem, and a pilgrimage route on which a plenary indulgence could be earned

  • Legend holds that St. James's remains were carried by boat from Jerusalem to northern Spain, where he was buried in what is now the city of Santiago de Compostela

  • Numerous medieval churches along the way, some still in operation.

 

Legends hold that miracles can and do occur during the pilgrimage.

One man…walking for childhood cancer patients

Today, hundreds of thousands of Christian pilgrims and many others set out each year from their front doorsteps or from popular starting points across Europe, to make their way to Santiago de Compostela. In addition to those undertaking a religious pilgrimage, many are hikers who walk the route for other reasons.  This year, with your help, one man will carry the hopes, dreams and prayers of families dealing with childhood cancer on his back to deliver them in person at the Compostela where St. James lies.

A one-man Hike-a-thon supported by the generous donations of our sponsors.  The Walking with Jimmy Camino De Santiago pledge drive seeks to secure enough pledges to cover the costs of sending five families on the program’s first ever expedition to the Pacific Northwest where participants will have an opportunity to experience the wonders of God’s creations in their natural environment while surrounded by a community of people and business who want to show that these families don’t walk alone in their journey to recovery and happiness.

In need of supports just like you.

Programs such as Walking with Jimmy can only exist and benefit the childhood cancer community with generous supporters such as yourself.  We invite you to be a part of something special that will have an impact on those families for the rest of their lives.