Camp Hazelnut 2018 (Sister Hazel’s Lyrics for Life Foundation)

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We spent this weekend at the 4th annual Camp Hazelnut at Camp Crystal Lake outside Gainesville, FL. The Camp Hazelnut goal is simple: create a playful, safe, uplifting experience for kids and families navigating the overwhelming challenges of a cancer diagnosis… a place to simply get away and come together.

The band members from Sister Hazel organize the event through their nonprofit Lyrics for Life. Lead singer Ken Block and the band formed the nonprofit in memory of Ken's brother Jeffrey Block, who died at 14 years old after battling cancer for 4 years.

Earlier this year, Lyrics for Life donated $10,000 in Jeffrey Block's name to Beat Nb, to fund innovative clinical trials and bold research to keep beating cancer for kids.

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My little guy Charley had a blast doing archery, canoeing, rock climbing, the hay ride, and enjoyed the dance party and Sister Hazel post-luau concert on the beach.

We got to hang out with multiple neuroblastoma families, and missed a couple who were there last year but couldn't make it this year. It's really a great couple days disconnecting from the world, and laughing with a bunch of people who understand the childhood cancer world.

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One of my favorite things about this weekend, is the genuine heart of the Sister Hazel band members. They are there all weekend long, with their own kids. They participate in all the activities, hang out with the kids and know their names... they really care. I love seeing good people doing something good because it matters to them.

From all of us at Beat Nb, and on behalf of my own family even though we lost our son, thank you Sister Hazel. Keep doing good things.

And of course big ups to Wyc Grousbeck & Emilia Fazzalari, and the Boston Celtics Organization for their support of the weekend too.

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Kyle Matthews

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Kyle serves as Executive Director of Beat Nb. Previously founder and Executive Director of Because of Ezra, multiple nonprofits with a shared mission merged in June of 2016.

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