Spotlight on CAP's Camp for Kids: Counselor Michael ThierHawke

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Michael ThierHawke has been a camp counselor since 2009. Michael ThierHawke has been a camp counselor since 2009.
By Kevin Cook/Poison Waters, PQ Monthly
Editor’s note: Each week, PQ Monthly shines a spotlight on CAP’s Camp for Kids, featuring interviews of camp community member by Poison Waters.

A note from Poison Waters

In 2001 my life changed forever when I volunteered for the first time at CAP’s Camp for Kids, our local residential week long summer camp for children ages 5-15 whose lives have been affected by HIV/AIDS, then a program of WIAR (Women’s Intercommunity AIDS Resource). Now, 13 years later, we are celebrating our becoming a fully integrated program of Cascade AIDS Project. As part of our celebration, I couldn’t be more excited to bring into the spotlight valued members of our Camp Community, from donors to volunteers, program staff to campers, and their families. All of us have a story to share and the presence Camp has in our lives will forever bind us. Thank you PQ Monthly readers for allowing us to shine this spotlight in Camp.
Photos by Xilia Faye for PQ Monthly (Poison) and La Boudoir Photography (Kevin). Photos by Xilia Faye for PQ Monthly (Poison) and La Boudoir Photography (Kevin).
 

An interview with Michael ThierHawke

Name: Michael ThierHawke Age: 46 How do you identify?: Gay Man Affiliation with CAP's Camp for Kids: Camp Counselor since 2009 How did you first become aware of Camp?:  Kevin Cook (AKA Poison Waters) told me about CAP's Camp for Kids while we were running around Disneyland around 2002.  In 2009 I lost my best friend to HIV/AIDS and was looking for a way of dealing with the grief. How many years have you been involved?:  5 years. What is your favorite Camp experience?:  Nights of 1,000 stars and movie night! What are you most looking forward to in Camp’s 15th year?:  I’m looking forward to seeing the faces of the kids and staff that I know and the new faces who will be experiencing camp for the first time. Anything other thoughts you’d like to share?:  CAP's Camp for Kids can only be described as a “Magical Place†created by people who truly care for these kids.  I consider it a privilege and an honor to be a part of the “Camp Starlight Family.†If you won the lottery, of course after donating to CAP's Camp for Kids, what would you do?:  I would travel and try to be of some help to the people I meet. For more information about CAP’s Camp for Kids, visit cascadeaids.org.