Less than two weeks away from hosting an annual camp for adults with special needs, The Justin Woods Foundation is not yet halfway to its goal of raising the money needed to sponsor participants.
In early May, the nonprofit organization suffered a major blow to its efforts as only one participant showed up to a major fundraiser. Organizers had cooked up a huge tri-tip dinner expecting to feed more than just Shawn Bacon, the lone rider who completed the first ever Trivia Bike Run in Fresno.
“I think we spent about $3,000 organizing it. It was our first year doing the bike run to fundraise so we didn’t really know what we were doing. Many bikers already had other events going on. We picked the wrong weekend to do it,” said Sandy Smith, who started the organization 12 years ago after learning about her grandson Justin Woods’ diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
The foundation raises money to help those afflicted with any type of muscular dystrophy attend summer camp. Since 2001, TWJF has sent children to the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s summer camp. Three years ago, it started sponsoring adults who wanted to continue attending summer camp, but were too old to go to MDA’s. TJWF partnered with Tuolumne Trails in Groveland to continue hosting people with special needs every summer. TJWF also donates money for MDA research...