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SEVENTEEN: DON MATHIS

IT'S THE AGE OF INVINCIBILITY -
OR SO MY SON WOULD LIKE TO HOPE
BUT THE HARD AND FAST REALITY
IS LIFE IS FRAGILE AND THAT'S NO JOKE.

SOON HE WILL BE IN HIS SENIOR YEAR -
AND I'LL BE A SENIOR CITIZEN.

HE WILL GO EXPLORE FROM FAR TO NEAR -
I'LL BE A NURSING HOME DENIZEN.

THE OLD APRON STRINGS ARE FRAYING THIN.
SOMEDAY SOON THEY (AND HE) WILL BUST FREE.

NEW LIVES FOR US BOTH WILL THEN BEGIN
AND OUR 'US' WILL SPLIT TO 'HIM' AND ME.'


FRESH AIR FUND SEARCHING FOR HOST FAMILIES FOR SUMMER 2010

In 2009, The Fresh Air Fund's Volunteer Host Family program, called Friendly Town, gave close to 5,000 New York City boys and girls, ages six to 18, free summer experiences in the country and the suburbs. Volunteer host families shared their friendship and homes up to two weeks or more in 13 Northeastern states from Virginia to Maine and Canada.

The Fresh Air Fund relies on donations to provide memorable summers to NYC children.

The Fresh Air Fund needs hosts for the summer of 2010.

More than 65% of all Fresh Air children are reinvited to stay with their host family, year after year.

Thanks to host families who open up their homes for a few weeks each summer, children growing up in New York City’s toughest neighborhoods have experienced the joys of Fresh Air experiences.

Fresh Air Fund Host Families

"It is rewarding to see the smile on our Fresh Air child's face as she enjoys the simple things we take for granted..."

Friendly Town host families are volunteers who live in …