The Muddy Puddles Project is a celebration of children and childhood. It is a shift toward letting go of the everyday stress of being a grownup, and finding the fun in all things messy. We consider this celebration of childhood as a therapeutic reprieve for parents, and an opportunity for our kids to have more fun while they still appreciate what that means.
Participation is two-fold. First, we ask parents everywhere to take photos of instances where they let their children have some extra fun, and to post those photos to this site along with uplifting stories of inspiration. Second, a series of Muddy Puddle “Mess Fest” events will be taking place, and we encourage you to participate or host one of your own! Click HERE for detailed information on how you can participate.
The Muddy Puddles Project was inspired by five-year old Ty Campbell (AKA SuperTy), and it embodies the act of kids being kids in honor of those who can’t. Ty was a magnetic little boy who battled cancer for more than half his young life. The treatment that he endured severely compromised his quality of life, just as it does for the majority of the brave children fighting cancer every day. But it never stole his smile or dampened his spirit. Ty died on October 17, 2012 and he is finally free to jump in muddy puddles, ride his bike in the rain, dance on rooftops, slide down rainbows and bounce among the clouds.
At its core, The Muddy Puddles Project is a vehicle to remind parents to stop sweating the small stuff; but it is also a means to raise money for the Ty Louis Campbell (TLC) Foundation in support of childhood cancer research. After Ty lost his battle with cancer, his parents committed to finding ways to fund innovative research geared toward safer, more effective treatment of various childhood cancers.
Founded in September 2012, The Ty Louis Campbell (TLC) Foundation is a volunteer-run nonprofit organization that funds innovative research and technology specifically geared toward the treatment of the deadliest childhood cancers (including brain and spinal cord tumors). The organization seeks less toxic, more effective treatments that are specifically designed for children fighting cancer. Their ultimate mission is to help fund the intelligence and technology that will uncover new ways to more effectively treat children with cancer. For more information about the foundation, visit www.thetlcfoundation.com.