We're Back! And Better Than Ever!!

Barry's Anything But Civilians
having a blast at the Barry Bash (June 2004)

Photo by Rick Brettholtz (submitted by Michele Brettholtz)

Camp Sundown 2004!

Currently Supporting:

XP is a "rare genetic defect in DNA repair mechanisms; characterized by severe sensitivity to all sources of UV radiation (especially sunlight). There are a wide range of symptoms. Most common is blistering or freckling on minimum sun exposure to UV radiation by staying indoors with sunlight blocked out, use of protective clothing, sunscreens and sunglasses, and avoidance of other known carcinogens. It can be fatal. There is no cure for XP. The damage is cumulative and irreversible." - from the "XP Report" (Summer 1999 publication)

We volunteered at Camp Sundown during the week of July 24-28, 2000. We sponsored a family once again this summer. A successful auction on eBay helped us raise money recently to benefit Xeroderma Pigmentosum Society. A Penny Social was also held on October 22, 2000, to benefit Camp Sundown.

Our club volunteered at Camp Sundown in New York on July 14-15, 1999. (left & below)

This was a most rewarding experience! We were greatly moved by the people and children we met.

Camp Sundown is not only for the kids with XP but for their entire family and extended families. To look at the kids, one would never guess that they suffer from a life-threatening disease. And to spend time with them was so uplifting because of their great spirits. There was no sadness or sorrow in this group, except when they had to say goodbye to each other.

Above photos from the Xeroderma Pigmentosum Society's website at http://www.xps.org

Photo by MaryAnn Fabrizio

Membership Information:

We are looking for ANYTHING BUT CIVILIANS to join our local fan club based in the Hudson Valley region of New York State. If you're a casualty of Manilow's frontline, if you're fatigues are always packed and ready for the call to active "tours" of duty, then it's time to enlist and join the ranks with the rest of us. Boot camp will begin its basic training as soon as we get your enlistment papers and check for $12.00 ($15.00 outside the U.S.) for a full year term. We promise to dispatch all news from the front and guarantee to spare you from KP. So avoid the draft and sign up now. ABC wants YOU!

For more information, e-mail us at:

schultz@myexcel.com -- Kathy Schultz -- Director
Poughkeepsie, New York

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