In March, Tonic helped "Rules of Engagement" star Bianca Kajlich raise more than $36,000 for the Amputee Coalition's Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp, a camp she was inspired to support after her brother lost both of his legs in a train accident. While Bianca and her ex-husband, soccer star Landon Donovan, attended the camp this summer, Bianca shot a video exclusively for Tonic of the experience.
The video includes the observation, "While we try to teach children about life, children teach us what life is all about." Bianca told us that she learned a great deal from her young charges.
"These kids have helped me to realize that our one true purpose as human beings is to support and love one another," Bianca told Tonic. "To let go of our judgment and cynicism and truly explore what it means to give unconditional love to each other. It is one of the hardest things to do, because fear and mistrust have clouded our ability to see ourselves as equals. At camp, we are all one, no matter our limitations or appearance. It is the freedom to be different while celebrating what makes us the same."
The 2011 Amputee Coalition's Paddy Rossbach Youth Camp was held from July 23 to July 27 this year at the Joy Outdoor Education Center in Clarksville, Ohio. The five day summer camp inspires children who have lost limbs or have limb differences to enjoy the typical camp adventures while making friends and gaining confidence.
Bianca expressed her gratitude to the donors who made the camp possible, telling Tonic, "Perfect strangers reaching out to help one another is what keeps me getting out of bed each day with a smile on my face." She added, "It gives me hope that this world is in damn good hands after all."
Jennifer Gilbert is from Tonic, a platform for brands (consumers, celebrities and causes) to educate, interact and engage consumers around positive actions.