A Foundation of Support
It Takes a Village

Lisette Ackerberg and Guests, Bingo at the Roxy, 2005

It truly takes a village to give birth to a dream, especially a dream of building a state of the art medical specialty Camp for children with serious illnesses and their families.

One set of dedicated villagers from the very beginning is Lisette Ackerberg and her late husband Norman, a real estate developer. They were one of the first to support Camp in 1998 before The Painted Turtle even opened and support has continued every year to this day, 23 years later. Their generosity and kindness were shown through impactful gifts made in honor of loved ones, through camper sponsorships, and events, including every Bingo at The Roxy fundraiser.

Giving to The Painted Turtle has meant so much to our family. We know our gifts have made a tremendous impact in the lives of so many children.

Thanks to supporters like the Ackerbergs, The Painted Turtle opened its gates in the Spring of 2004 and Camp provided over 500 experiences to children with serious illnesses and their family members in its first year. While we celebrated the milestone of an inaugural year, that December, Norman sadly passed away, but Lisette’s dedication remained steadfast.

Although Norman is no longer with us, I know he would be so proud to see how many children have been able to come to Camp to see the endless possibilities the world holds for them.

Soon after The Painted Turtle opened, Lisette helped start a partnership with Northern Arizona University and their school of Physical Therapy. She began sponsoring 20-30 physical therapists from Northern Arizona University to fly out and volunteer at Camp to ensure sessions were well prepared to support campers and their experience in a safe environment.

The Painted Turtle is grateful and appreciative for Lisette’s annual and longstanding support of Camp. Now seventeen years later, more than 80,500 Camp experiences have been provided through on-site, in-hospital, and virtual programming. Looking back, we can see how foundational the Ackerberg’s support was to the success of the village we call The Painted Turtle.

While Lisette’s commitment has made a lifelong impact on Camp, she spoke to the power our village has in making the dreams of campers a reality.

Every dollar matters. One gift can make a difference in a child’s life.

By making a donation to The Painted Turtle, you can join supporters like Lisette in making a difference in the lives of campers and their families.

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