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Cetaphil celebrates its 5th year supporting Camp Wonder


FORT WORTH, Texas -- Cetaphil is marking its fifth consecutive year of its partnership with the Children's Skin Disease Foundation and Camp Wonder, an initiative of the CSDF.

Camp Wonder is a medically-staffed summer program that invites children ages 7 to 16 who suffer from severe and life-threatening skin diseases to experience a week away from bullies, mean stares, and that isolating feeling of being different. Instead, children get to experience the joys of being a kid at summer camp just like so many others across the country. The week-long camp is funded by the CSDF, an organization founded in May 2000 by Francesca Tenconi.

"I am beyond grateful for the support that the CSDF has received from Galderma and Cetaphil over the last five years. Our partnership is a special one, where together, we are able to touch the lives of so many children affected by chronic skin diseases," said Tenconi. "We're so fortunate to have sponsors like Galderma and Cetaphil to help us create a place where these children can feel comfortable in their own skin and experience the joys of summer camp like other kids their age."

CSDF hosted 100 children in Livermore, Calif., for a week of various summer camp activities from June 20 to June 25.  This year's theme was "CSDF Olympics" and Cetaphil invited U.S. Paralympic athlete, Megan Absten, for a surprise visit to Camp Wonder, where she was able to kick off the games and speak to the children about her journey of achieving great things in the face of adversity, while empowering them to do the same.

There were also Cetaphil-sponsored activities such as a bean bag toss, and a prize wheel where campers spun to win assorted Cetaphil merchandise, product, and of course, candy.  Galderma sent the highest number of volunteers to date, including Cetaphil representatives who were all on-site to help staff where needed.

"All of us at Galderma Laboratories are proud to continue our commitment to the CSDF and Camp Wonder program. Throughout our five years in partnership, Galderma and the Cetaphil brand have raised over $700,000 to help support the Camp and have worked in partnership with CSDF Founder Francesca Tenconi to create meaningful experiences for children suffering from skin diseases," said Miles Harrison, president and general manager of Galderma for North America. "We are continually inspired by the work of Francesca and the courage of the Camp Wonder children and want to do our part to support this organization and help improve the lives of the children and their families."

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