Founding Board Member Gil Friesen


On December 13, 2012, The Painted Turtle lost one of its much-loved board members and great champions, Gil Friesen.  Gil was one of The Painted Turtle’s original founders and a guiding force in the camp’s development and vision.

His support and leadership were instrumental in helping to create a magical place where children with serious illnesses can just be kids. His heartfelt compassion and generous spirit will be deeply missed. We are forever grateful for the legacy of joy, celebration, and hope he has left for children and their families at The Painted Turtle.