Who We Are

Gerry Salani

Volunteer

IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Gerry Salani, Volunteer

When Not at Camp I am a: dad and hard working sales representative for Wagner Equipment.

Volunteer at Roundup River Ranch since: 2013

Favorite Camp Activity: Fishing

Favorite Meal at Camp: Lunch

How would you describe camp in three words? Commitment, compassion and love

In what volunteer role(s) do you serve at Roundup River Ranch? I come out for most Family Camps. I love supervising the early fishing and “catching” kids coming down from the zipline. 

Why do you think it’s important to provide camp experiences to children with serious illnesses? They have a once in a lifetime opportunity to do activities they’ve never been able to do before.

How do you feel your volunteer time at Roundup River Ranch has made a difference? I give it my all when I’m there and spread love, joy, and smiles all around!

What motivates you to volunteer at Roundup River Ranch? I honestly feel I can make a difference in a camper/sibling/parent’s life, and those are such joyful moments!   

What is your favorite memory as a Roundup River Ranch volunteer? Hearing when a camper says “ I’ve never caught a fish before,” or, “I’ve never been on a zip line”.

How has your Roundup River Ranch volunteer experience impacted your life? It make you realize how fragile life is, every day is a gift. It’s not fair and there are no guarantees, but there are amazing places like Roundup River Ranch. 

Why would you encourage others to volunteer at camp? Yes, being at camp warms my heart and it’s a extremely rewarding.

What would you like to say to those who may be interested in volunteering at Roundup River Ranch? Please do it! Going to camp is great and you feel even better when you leave. It’s an experience that will remind you to stay positive, be happy and smile! I truly enjoy the fantastic staff and feel a lot of love, compassion, commitment and positive energy whenever I’m at Roundup River Ranch. 

“This is my happy, happy, happy place.”

Roundup River Ranch offers old-fashioned, pure fun camp experiences for children with serious illnesses and their families. At our beautiful Colorado ranch and through year-round activities, we offer our campers and families the chance to enjoy the most extraordinarily ordinary joys of childhood.

Here, children are not defined by their illness.

Our campers can take a true vacation from being “a patient” and get back to the fun of being a child. Here, the healing power of laughter, friendship and shared experiences offer kids the chance to make new friends, find the courage to try activities they never thought possible, and build confidence. Learn why camp matters >

The incredible combination of exuberant play and incredible medical care.

With full medical, physical and emotional support from healthcare professionals, trained staff and dedicated volunteers, campers and their families have the peace of mind to simply live in the moment and have fun. While we focus on the fun of living life large we also understand the very real needs of our campers. When medical support is needed, it is immediately provided – expertly, with compassion, and with as little disruption as possible to the camper’s activities. We think nothing of venturing out on a canoe to administer a medication at the correct time, rather than make a camper come in from the fun. Read more about our medical facilities >

A priceless experience without a price tag.

Roundup River Ranch is always free of charge for all kids and their families. Our camp is funded through the generosity of the communities we serve and our loyal supporters. We rely on the support of individuals, corporations, foundations, and friends just like you to make this magical place possible.

Colorado residents who contribute to Roundup River Ranch may be eligible to receive up to a 50% state income tax credit through the Colorado Child Care Tax Credit. Zero cost to campers means we always need the support of our community and advocates. Give today >