The True Meaning of the FLIWC

The 19th Annual Finger Lakes International Wine Competition (FLIWC) has come to a close. Thank you to all the wineries, distilleries and cideries who entered, and all of the judges and volunteers who helped to make the competition possible.

What makes the FLIWC stand out from other competitions is the non-profit that it supports. All proceeds from the competition benefit the children and families served by Camp Good Days & Special Times, a non-profit that helps those affected by cancer.

Every year, a family who has benefited from Camp Good Days’ programs comes to speak to the judges and volunteers who spend their weekend at the competition. This is always a very special part of the weekend since it reminds everyone present what the real importance of the competition is—to support these wonderful families.

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This year, the Shaw family told their story. Jenesis Shaw is a young girl who had been diagnosed with a stage IV Wilms Tumor in August of 2017. This is the most common type of kidney cancer seen in young children. After her mother, Scotesha, noticed bumps on Jenesis’ abdomen, she and her husband, Mike, took Jenesis to the hospital, where they were told that Jenesis might have cancer. In the months that followed, Jenesis had to have chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery.

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While in the hospital, Jenesis noticed that there were other children in the hospital who were going through treatments, and she decided to help them by creating “Care Kits” filled with comfort items like blankets and toys. The idea has now become an ongoing initiative for the family through “Team Jenny Bean,” which raises money to purchase the items for the kits. “Giving is truly curative,” said Mike Shaw.

Jenesis has attended Camp Good Days for the Teddi’s Team program, which is a five-day overnight camping program for children ages 8-12 who have been diagnosed with cancer. At the program the children are able to spend time with other children who know what it is like to be them; other children who have been diagnosed with cancer. They are able to leave their worries behind and spend their days fishing, swimming, taking boat rides, doing crafts, having dances, singing around campfires, and playing dress up. Jenesis is excited to attend camp again this summer and said, “it was really fun and I can’t wait to go back!”

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Jenesis and her family are just one example of the many families that Camp Good Days supports. “Camp Good Days allows children to just be kids and leave the stresses of the world in the world…even if only for a moment,” said Mike Shaw. Thank you again to everyone who participated in the FLIWC; you are making a difference to many families just like the Shaws.

This year, Camp Good Days is celebrating its 40th anniversary! Over the years, Camp Good Days has served over 48,300 campers from 22 states and 36 countries. To learn more, visit http://www.campgooddays.org.

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