100% of the proceeds from Wonder Duck go to Children's Skin Disease Foundation to improve the lives of children living with chronic and life-threatening skin diseases. Your donation from the purchase of a Wonder Duck will go to supporting Camp Wonder and Wonder Wish.
About CSDF, Camp Wonder and Wonder Wish.
Francesca Tenconi was diagnosed with a rare skin disease called pemphigus foliaceus at 11 years old. On the day of her diagnosis, she had lost over 85% of her skin and was placed in isolation for 11 weeks to prevent infection. During her treatment she met other children with skin disease and learned they shared a sadness at the lack of support for children with skin disease and their families. Francesca decided an organization was necessary to focus on the unique problems of children and teenagers who suffer from skin disease. For her Sweet Sixteen, she asked family and friends to donate money to start a non-profit instead of getting her gift. One week after her 16th birthday, Childern's Skin Disease Foundation was created. The next step was to create a place where this orphaned community could come together. While Francesca was in isolation, she missed her favorite summer activity: summer camp! In 2001, Camp Wonder held it's first session in Livermore, CA and continues to grow.
Every summer, Camp Wonder give kids the chance to be normal for a week, to take a break from being a patient to focus on just being a kid. Camp Wonder is a special place free of judgement and stares. At Camp Wonder, campers play sports, ride horses, go swimming, go to Prom, all activities they might never otherwise get the opportunity to do. We create an environment of acceptance and support to empower the children to be themselves and give them an experience of Childhood Without Limits.
In 2017, CSDF launched Wonder Wish, the latest program to expand the mission of helping children with skin disease and their families. Wonder Wish grants wishes to campers and former campers.
About Wonder Duck
One year, at Camp Wonder, a camper said "I wish I was a duck so no one could see my skin". Wonder Duck immedietaely became our mascott because at Camp Wonder we don't see skin, we see character.
Amy Delmege and her son, Marky, (pictured right) began attending Camp Wonder it's first year in 2001 when Marky was 9 years old. Marky has Epidermolysis Bullosa, a disease characterized by blister formation after minor trauma to the skin. For some children with EB, riding a bike, skating, or participating in sports is difficult because normal activities cause chronic sores. Wounds may cover up to 75 percent of the body, including in the mouth and esophagus. Scarring also causes the fingers and toes to fuse, leaving deformities which severely limit function. Imagine a life tied to hospitals for wound treatment, blood transfusions, biopsies and surgeries. The eyes often blister preventing sight for days.
Amy began making Wonder Duck for all the campers to have a piece of Camp Wonder to take home with them, to remind them that their Camp Wonder family supports them through everything. Wonder Duck is a soft, cuddly friend who is our most popular guest at camp! Now, Wonder Duck can be everyone's friend and teach kids to be themselves!