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Plant-Strong Kids Summer Series! Plus a HUGE giveaway!

Last week we introduced you to an amazing young lady, Izze. Izze’s dream was to go to to amputee camp so that she can meet other great kids, just like her. We asked you to help out in anyway that you could, and we are happy to say that in just one day, Izze raised enough funds to go to camp! We want to thank all of you who helped out financially or by spreading the word.

We said that if we could raise enough money by today we would do our biggest giveaway yet, so that is just what we are doing!

To enter, we want to send Izze as many good wishes as we can! So leave a comment for Izze, we’re sure it will be be nice to have as she gets ready for camp.

The winner will get:

A signed Engine 2 book
A copy of Engine 2 Kitchen Rescue
An Engine 2 shirt
A call from Rip!

We will pick a winner on Wednesday, July 11th. The winner will be picked at random, you did not need to contribute in anyway in order to enter or to win.

Plant-Strong Kids Summer Series

Now, onto some exciting news for all of you parents! Every week in July and August we will have an easy-to-print PDF for kids and parents! Each week we will have articles, games, tips for parents, challenges, recipes and more. At the end of the summer we will have a printable PDF certificate for kids who participated!

Plant-Strong Kids Week 1

A big thanks to Carson, our artist who created the cartoon versions of Rip and his family!

Are you a teen, or do you have a teen in your household? We’ve set up a facebook group just for teens. *This group is for E2-ers 20 and under who are plant-strong or who are interested in becoming plant-strong. If that sounds like you, please join!

We want see your family get plant-strong this summer!

Don’t forget to enter the giveaway by leaving a comment for Izze!

About the author

NatalaE2
Natala is the director of communications for Engine 2 Diet, she is also one of our coaches on our support site, Engine 2 Extra. A few years ago, Natala was at the end of her rope. She was on almost 15 medications daily, had out of control Type 2 Diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, issues with nerve damage, and was morbidly obese. She was just over 30 years old. She decided to take her life back by becoming plant-strong. She has lost over 200 pounds, got off of all of her medications and now has great health numbers. Natala plays the violin and studied music therapy. She became passionate about plant-strong nutrition, received her Certificate in Plant-Based Nutrition through Cornell University, a certificate in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and is currently pursuing a degree in nutritional sciences. Natala is also a featured speaker at our Engine 2 Retreats she talks about the reality of our nations obesity epidemic as well as providing practical steps to becoming a healthier person.

218 Responses to “Plant-Strong Kids Summer Series! Plus a HUGE giveaway!”

  1. Sarah says:

    Keep dreaming Izze!

  2. Emmy says:

    Yay Izze!!! So glad that you get to go to camp! Enjoy your time there and all the new friends you will make!

  3. Kimberly Hodges says:

    Izze you are awesome! keep up the great work!

  4. Janice says:

    Enjoy the camp, Izze!!

  5. Carol Kenny says:

    Doing a plant strong for kids is such a great idea! I would so love to win this give away. I really need to talk to Rip about Juice Plus vitamins that my niece is thinking of distributing. Need an expert opinion. Hope many many kids will do the plant strong challenge over the summer and stay plant strong for life!!

    • Engine 2 Team says:

      We can answer that right away Carol . You can read 2 articles about Juice Plus here:
      https://www.facebook.com/notes/jeff-novick-ms-rd/whole-foods-supplements-juice-plus-pt-1/285564676818
      and here:
      https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=285593461818

      We do not recommend it in any way shape or form.

      • I would like to hear your thoughts about Vegan Shakeology as well. Are you familiar with the supplement? I am a distributor and have been in the fitness industry where supplements are pushed. I attended IIN and my thoughts on health and wellness have changed drastically. I have hung on to my Shakeology business, but I wonder if it is time to let it go. I would appreciate your unbiased opinion about Shakeology, I read the ingredients and think. “wow, really great stuff in here the normal person isn’t getting”. I am not a Dr and would love to hear your thoughts. I would also like to say that I haven’t posted anything like this before because of fear of being “salesy”..but I truly want an unbiased opinion, from a DR and fellow Vegan.

  6. Andrea says:

    Yay Izze!! Have a great time at camp!

  7. Veronica Lamb says:

    Izzie,
    Life is full of adventure! Do your best to live it to the fullest and have a great life!

  8. Casey says:

    Keep it up Izze! Dream BIG! And as always stay E2! :) Have a great time at camp and inspire those girls to get healthy like you!

  9. Tracey Stillman says:

    Plant strong kids…happy, healthy and just think with plants you get to use all the crayon colors not just the white and red.
    Have fun at camp Izze!

  10. Toni Kulma says:

    Have a wonderful time at camp Izze! Make lots of new friends!

  11. Emily says:

    It warmed my heart, Izzy, that you will have your dream come true. Always remember that there really are good people in this world, some you will never know, that are cheering you on and love you.
    xo

  12. Have fun at camp Izzie! Make the most of it..

  13. Ramona Kennon says:

    You go Izze!! Miracles aren’t doing the impossible, they are just redefining the possible. So have fun at camp and make a few miracles happen!

  14. wen says:

    Have fun…you are super awesome…xoooooxooo

  15. Solene says:

    Izze, hope you have a fabulous time at camp! You are a wonderful inspiration.

  16. heather wellman says:

    Great job on knowing what you want and going after it. keep up that winning spirit! And have fun at camp. Remember, at camp fyn, fun, fun is your only job!

  17. Walt Huntsman says:

    Izze,

    Stay strong, stay focused, and never give up your dreams! This camp is the first step toward a wonderful future. Have a great time!

  18. Travis says:

    Have a great time!

  19. Jan says:

    Hey Izze, glad you made it to the camp! Best wishes from Germany, hope everything’s amazing for you there :-)

  20. Gretchen says:

    Izzy,

    I hope you have a great time at camp! The camp you are going to will be a great place to make new friends and have tons of fun! Always remember, that you have greatness in you :-) Oh, the places you will go!

    Stay plant strong,

    Gretchen

  21. Kathy says:

    Go Izze…what a great role model you are!

  22. Erika says:

    Have so much fun at camp Izze!

  23. Tina says:

    Good luck and have fun at camp!! What an exciting opportunity! Remember, it’s okay to be a little nervous and even a little homesick. Just try to enjoy the moments and soak up all that you can from the experience!

  24. Tina DiBlasio Schantz says:

    Hi Izzy, I hope you have a great time at camp. I look up to kids like you, kids that push forward to get where they want to be. I’m sure you will inspire others at camp. Tina

  25. Emily Harsh says:

    Izzie,
    You are such an inspiration & a fighter at such a young age! Keep that fighting spirit alive and have an amazing time at camp! Thoughts & prayers are with you.

  26. Clare C. says:

    Have a great time Izze.

  27. Amy says:

    You will enjoy camp so much Izze. You need sometime to relax, meet people. Camp is so important don’t miss out.

  28. Wendy Wright says:

    Oh Izze – you’re gonna have a GREAT time at camp! “Camp” is always a very special experience that can be a blast and have life long impact. Can you tell I’m a camper? Many, many years at Girl Scout camp and American Red Cross Aquatic Camp. Soak it all in and enjoy.

  29. Aimee says:

    Congratulations Izzie, you are truly an inspiration. I hope you have an amazing time at camp, make life long friends and don’t give up on your dreams! Maybe we will see your own Vegan cooking show some day!

  30. Ami Mackey says:

    I am so excited for you Izze! Summer camp is going to be so much fun! Enjoy every minute!

  31. Cynthia says:

    Dear Izze,
    Have a GREAT time at camp!!
    we are rooting for you!
    Cynthia

  32. Stephanie Mae says:

    Izze, You had a dream, and the power of humanity and kindness have helped you achieve that. You are an inspiration to all! Go out and have the best time possible, because girl, you deserve it!

  33. Susan Mayo says:

    Izze, You are such an inspiration. You may have never dreamed you would have so many people loving you. Make every minute count at camp. I know you will. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Everyone has such a wonderful story and you have blessed me today. Sending hugs, Susan Mayo aka Grammy

  34. Sherry Masser says:

    Izze: You rock! Have a great time at camp-meet new friends & make a difference in others lives.

  35. Tracie says:

    Have an awesome time at camp, Izze! Go, you!

  36. Lisa Jorgensen says:

    Izze, you are beautiful, strong and brave! Have a BLAST at camp and remember, you are PERFECT just the way you are. God Bless.

  37. Susan H says:

    Izze, How exciting for you! Have fun!

  38. Jennifer says:

    Izze you are going to have a blast at camp and I’m sure will return with a bunch of new lifelong friends.

  39. Alex Nolen says:

    Izze good luck with all you do!(:

  40. Connie says:

    So happy for you, Izze. Summer camp is going to be so great! Hope you have a wonderful time.

  41. Kelly says:

    I hope your time at camp is wonderful Izze!

  42. Caroline says:

    Izze I know you will just love camp! Have fun!

  43. Lisa says:

    You are an inspiration, Izze! Have a great time at camp!

  44. Indie Bollman says:

    Hello Izze! You go girl! Setting a goal is super important, and once you reach it it is always with you! Remember to first of all, be grateful for all that you have and the love that surrounds you. Second, remember to reach out to others that may need a lift now and then; you’re very inspirational and so words from you might mean a whole whole lot to someone feeling down. Thirdly, girlllllllll have FUN! My best to you…always girlfriend! Indie

  45. Torrey says:

    have a great time Lizze! it will be one of the best memories you will have to share with other later.

  46. Jen says:

    I have been doing Engine 2 for 1 week now because of Izze and Karlin, they inspired me! Thank you Izze for showing me that if you can make your own meals at such a young age, there is no excuse for me! :)

  47. Dawn says:

    Rip, this kid series is incredible!!! Just wanted to say that first.

    Izze, I love your story, you are going to great things young lady!

  48. Mindy Pierce says:

    Enjoy camp, Izze! Summer camp is one of the great joys of life, so make the most of every second!

  49. Patricia D. says:

    Go, Izze! You’re wonderful : )

  50. Margie Whitling says:

    You are going to have a great time at camp. I hope to see pictures of you with your new friends. Stay strong…. :)

  51. Deb says:

    Enjoy each and every moment of camp! You are an inspiration to us all!

  52. Annmarie says:

    Congratulations Izze!!! Have a great time at camp.

    Annmarie

  53. Carolyn L says:

    Izze,

    Even though I’m 15 years older than you, you inspire me. Your positive outlook and determination to become plant-strong is invigorating. I hope you have an incredible time at camp and I hope all the kids there feel as inspired by you as I do!

    Carolyn

  54. Laura says:

    Izze you are awesome! keep up the great work! keep it going

  55. michele says:

    Izze……enjoy yourself at camp. You’ll have a wonderful time and make life long memories. You are a wonderful and strong young lady. Many blessings.

  56. Izze,
    Hope you have the BEST summer ever! Congrats!

  57. Christina says:

    <3 Congrats Izze! Make sure you take lots of pictures while your at camp. I would love to see and hear how amazing your time was their. Just remember no dream is ever to big to make come true! I am so happy for you! GO IZZE!!!!! :-D <3

  58. Terrie says:

    Think healthy! Live healthy! Be healthy!

  59. Paula says:

    You go, girl! Hope you have an amazing camp experience!!

  60. Courtney says:

    Have a blast, Izze!!

  61. Alicia says:

    I LOVE THE KID SERIES!!!! I can’t believe you all are doing it for free, you are such a blessing to so many! The art work is wonderful! My kids are both really excited for the summer now!

    And Izze, you keep shining like the bright, beautiful light that you are!!

  62. Laurapcat says:

    You will have a wonderful time, Izze. I’m so happy that you are able to go!

  63. josephine says:

    Izze! you are awesome, have a blast!

  64. Bradley F. Valdivia says:

    Hey Izze,

    I hope you have a lot of fun at camp and enjoy your time there! I always wanted to go to camo when I was younger but parents never had the money to send me. So I really do hope you enjoy your time.

    Heart felt
    Bradley

  65. Erica says:

    Hope you have a great time at camp, Izze!

  66. Susannah says:

    Izze, you are an inspiration. Have a great time at camp

  67. dasha says:

    Yay Izzie, camp will be awesome! Enjoy!

  68. Denise DeLallo says:

    Izze…hope you have a great time at camp! You are amazing! Please post lots of pictures! Enjoy! :)

  69. Mary Kate says:

    Enjoy the camp Izze! stay awesome :)

  70. Lisa Mccann says:

    I always lived camp and i hope you will too!

    Lisa

  71. Paula Chavez says:

    Congratulation Izze!!! Have fun, enjoy every moment of it and create memories that will last forever! Happy Summer!

  72. Suzanne Taber says:

    Way to go, Izze! Have a great time at camp.

  73. Joanne says:

    Dear Izze, Have a WONDERFUL time at camp! You’re an inspiration to us all! Love, Jo

  74. Judy says:

    Izze, you are an inspiration! Have a wonderful time at camp and a wonderful life as you continue inspiring lots of people!

  75. Pam says:

    Way to go! I know you will enjoy the camp and make lots of new friends!
    So special.

  76. Shawn Tibbitts says:

    Have a great time at camp!! Hope you make alot of new friends :)

  77. Mel says:

    You are amazing Izze! Have a blast at camp!!!!

  78. Kim Y says:

    Izze – have a WONDERFULLY FUN time at camp! I know by the time you leave camp you will have made so many new friends and memories! Have fun!

    Sending you Michigan love ~

  79. Jenn says:

    Have a super time at camp. <3 Make many memories, bring an address book so you can get all your new friends email addresses and mailing address and birthdays. You will be sad if you don't. Another great thing to do it to leave one page per friend; take a picture of each new friend and when you get home, you can paste a picture on the info page of each new frien. That way you will always have a face with their info.
    Enjoy!!!!!!!!!!!

  80. Holly says:

    Yeah, Izze!!! So excited for you! You are such an inspiration and I have you have the best summer ever! Thank you for being an incredible role model! I wish you the very best!!!!!!!

  81. Julie Roy says:

    Blessings to you! And have a blast at camp!

  82. Annie B says:

    Izze – have a terrific time at camp! You are going to make memories that will last you a lifetime.

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  84. Andrea says:

    You are an inspiration that gives hope for our future. Thank you for sharing your story with us.

  85. Jennifer Edwards says:

    :)

  86. Amy says:

    Congrats Izze! You’re going to have an amazing time!

  87. Heather Hume says:

    Hey Izze! I’m so excited for you. I didn’t know what else to say…so here’s a list of fun, harmless pranks to pull at camp.

    1) Have your parents send you a care package with a return address of “Justin Beiber, Los Angeles CA”.
    2) Leave your cabin with your hair in a ponytail. Come back 2 min later with your hair down and say “Quick…tell me what year it is!” When they say “2012″, scream “YES! My time machine works!” Then leave again without another word.
    3) Spread a funny, yet flattering rumor about a camp counselor “Did you know counselor Bob was Tom Cruise’s stunt double in the first mission impossible?”
    (Swear the person you tell to secrecy…it will get around camp much faster.)

    I have at least a dozen more…feel free to e-mail me if you want them…

    Have fun!!

    • Heather Hume says:

      Oh…and absolutely bring an address book like Jen suggested above! You’ll be glad you did!

  88. Izze – Sometimes I feel so discouraged about trying to get my niece to try plant-based food, since I only have her one night a week and she’s used to eating meat and cheese the rest of the time. I so appreciate hearing your experience and especially what are your favorite recipes and it gives me hope and much needed “pep in my step!” I hope you get to camp!

  89. Kathy Grant says:

    Ozzie, have super fantabulous time at camp!

  90. Deena says:

    Have an awesome time at camp Izze! You will be such an inspiration to everyone there just as you are to all of us.

  91. marnee rankin says:

    Dream BIG Izze!! You are definately an inspiration to so many.:) I know you are gonna have a blast at camp, it’s wonderful to know you get to go!
    Have FUN!!

  92. tammy says:

    Have a great time Izze! Make lots of friends!

  93. Kim says:

    Way to go for making a difference, Izze!

  94. Have an Amazing time at Camp Izze! Make lots of new wonderful memories:)

  95. Izze- life will always throw challenges our way, don’t stop believing in yourself and the people that love you.

  96. Melanie Bleem says:

    What an inspiring story! We all should be so lucky to inspire others with our bravery and spirit. Bless you on your journey and at camp, Izze! Can’t wait to hear the update or see pics!

    Blessings from HOT IL!

  97. Vickie says:

    Izze, you are not only plant strong, you are heart strong with goodness and wanting to share yourself and to be of service. In my humble opinion these are remarkable qualities for a person of any age, YOU ARE AWESOME and have inspired me greatly. ALL THE BEST AND LOTS OF LOVE, Vickie

  98. Alta says:

    Your story really touched my heart. To see the wisdom, courage, and determination you have shown is truly heartwarming. You have set a great example for others, and I am confident you will do even more at camp. Have a GREAT time. You Go, Girl!

  99. Buffy says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your story with us Izze! Hope you have the best time @ camp! You deserve it!!

  100. Tara Lujan says:

    Dream big, Izze! I hope you have an amazing time at camp!

  101. Mary says:

    Izze….hope you have ther best time at camp! I’m so happy for you and so thankful E2 brought this to our attention!

  102. Karlin says:

    Thank you everyone! I was just reading these to Izze and I was having a hard time not crying! You have all been so generous with your support! We are truly lucky to be part of such an amazing community! Love Karlin & Izze

  103. Abby says:

    Have a blast at camp Izze! I hope camp is the most incredible experience for you!

  104. Cassie says:

    What an inspiration you are Izze! I hope camp is everything you dreamed of and even more!

  105. Danica Davis says:

    Izze- Have an amazing time at camp!!! Going to camp was some of the best childhood memories I have!! I hope you have an absolute blast!!!!!

  106. Deborah says:

    Have a great time at camp, Izze! Play hard and have lots and lots of fun!

  107. Tina says:

    Have a great time at camp! And always keep true to your young strong spirit growing up. Many fully able adults aren’t as strong and as smart as you have been to do what is best to help cure themselves. Keep telling your story and maybe some of the adults will get what it takes to make a change for the better too but more importantly you’ll be inspiring so many other youths.

  108. Alexa says:

    Enjoy your camp! You deserve it!!! :)

  109. Rileen says:

    Izze,
    You’re an amazing kid with an amazing mommy – I hope you have a wonderful camp, and keep growing, and loving life.

  110. Christina keller says:

    Enjoy your summer camp adventures!

  111. Martha says:

    I hope you have as much fun at camp as I did when I was your age! It was so great to be in a new place and meet new people and learn from them. Best wishes for a renewing and fabulous time!

  112. Kate says:

    I liked your video Izze. You are a very talented girl. Perhaps the other kids are jealous of your talents and differences. Remember, you can do ANYTHING you want if you try hard. Be strong and be happy!

  113. Meredith says:

    I’m so excited for you Izze! You’re going to have an amazing time at camp. Wishing you tons of fun, awesome memories, and soon-to-be dear friends.

  114. Jane Pray says:

    Have a super great time at camp Izze!

  115. Naami Eisenberg says:

    Have a fabulous time in camp Izze and Never stop dreaming!!!!

  116. Leisha Davis says:

    Have an awesome time at camp, Izze!!

  117. Tori Hoffman says:

    Izze, I can’t wait to see some of your cooking videos on youtube!! My kids and I will look forward to watching =) Have an amazing time at camp making new friends and creating lasting memories.

  118. Carol Schmoker says:

    Way to go Izze. Have a great time at camp! You can do anything you set your heart on!

  119. Al Sergel says:

    Izze,
    I’ll be praying that you had an awesome, life-transforming experience at this camp.

    You are uniquely and wonderfully made!!

    peace be with you.

    Al

  120. Lorie says:

    Have so much fun at camp…. and I hope you make some new friends and maybe get a pen-pal so you can mail letters back and forth. :)

  121. Kim Wilson says:

    Hooray for you izze!!! I’m glad you made it to the camp! And so proud of you for being plant strong!! Keep up the great work! We’ll all be rooting for you!

  122. Ian says:

    I hope you have the time of your life Izze!

  123. Scott says:

    Awesome news!

  124. Lynnette says:

    Izze,

    Have a WONDERFUL time at camp soaking in the new adventures. It can be challenging to stay plant strong with summer camp food, but it is definitely doable. You will be in a supportive, crazy, fun environment- have fun making memories and having the time of your life. Don’t forget sunscreen & bug spray!

  125. Catie says:

    Izze,
    Hope you have a ton of fun at camp this summer!
    Catie

  126. Michelle says:

    Izze,

    After reading your story last week, I was left in tears. You are amazing in every way possible and I’m glad that your dream was able to come true, all thanks to the E2 community. I know how difficult it can be to be a child of divorced parents who have conflicting views, but I can’t imagine having to deal with a physical handicap on a daily basis.

    If it sounds as if I’m feeling sorry for you because of your situation, I’m not. Feeling sorry for someone doesn’t help the situation or the person involved and I certainly don’t want to come across as doing just that. I want to let you know there is always a light at the “end of the road” to most situations and I’m estatic that you have been able to reach yours. Have a wonderful time at camp and stay (plant) strong! :)

  127. Gayle P says:

    Izze- Have fun at camp! Love who you are ’cause you are pretty awesome!

  128. Kim says:

    Have a great time at camp Izze, you deserve it! Stay strong….plant strong!!

  129. chickpeafreak says:

    Izze, have a wonderful time at camp—stay plant strong!

  130. Denise D says:

    You are awesome Izze!! Have lots of fun! :)

  131. Jody says:

    Izze – You are incredible. My daughter will one day face struggles of her own, and I hope she can do it with the grace you exemplify. Have a wonderful time at camp meeting new friends!

  132. Erin says:

    Hope you have a great time!!!

  133. Sharon says:

    The future is Izze!

  134. Mary P says:

    I hope you have an awesome time at camp! Your postive attitude is contagious and I think everyone you meet is touched by it. You rock :).

  135. Amy says:

    Have fun at camp!

  136. jude says:

    Way to go Izzy! You deserve to go to summer camp. Glad we canhelp!

  137. Patty Niehaus says:

    Way to go Izze!! So happy you get to go to camp…ENJOY!!

  138. Kelly says:

    Dear Izze, I am so glad you have such wonderful support from the Engine 2 Team to fundraise so quickly! I hope this camp is a dream come true. stay plant-strong!!

  139. Audra says:

    Dear Izze,

    Have a wonderful time at camp. Keep a journal, take lots of pictures and enjoy every moment.

    Girls Rule!
    “Be the change you wish to see in the world!”

  140. Fritzi says:

    Izze, have a fantastic time! You are a true inspiration!

  141. Charmaine says:

    Izze,

    I hope you have a great time at camp! Be strong and show others that it’s okay to lean on people and help each other out. You will cherish this experience for life.

  142. Linda Meziere says:

    Izzy, you and your Mom are a great inspiration to me. I will share your story with my daughter Sarah (17) and also with my granddaughter Chloe who is also 9 and suffers greatly from GI issues as well. Thanks for sharing your story and stay Plant Strong! Have fun at Camp!

  143. Carol Loftus says:

    Hope you have a great time!!!!!

  144. Norma Thompson says:

    Hey Izze!
    So thankful that you are able to go to camp…it would be great if it’s in Maine, ’cause that’s where I am!!!! Have a FUNTABULOUS time! : )

  145. CJL says:

    Have a great time, Izze – all the best to you!

  146. Cori says:

    Have an awesome time!

  147. Kara says:

    Way to go Izze! Have fun at camp and keep up the good work being plant strong! You are such and inspiration for other kids (and adults)! A big thumbs up to Karlin too!

  148. Jenna says:

    Congratulations Izze! You are such an inspiration!!!

  149. Molly says:

    Izze, we are blessed by you and your story!! I hope you have the most amazing time ever and be sure to tell us all about it! (((HUGS)))

  150. Heather says:

    We are so excited that you are going to camp Izze! I just finished reading the blog post where your mom wrote about your plant-based lifestyle. My boys and I are plant-based too. I showed them the meal you made and now they are super inspired. We also listened to your song with the ukelele. Thank you so much for sharing that! We have a ukelele too, but don’t know how to play any songs on it yet. From our family to yours, sending lots of love! Heather, Prevail (almost 8) and Phoenix (4)

    • Heather says:

      Haha. I meant to write that Prevail is almost eight, but it inserted a cool dude smiley! It’s almost as if I’m saying he’s almost cool…but actually he’s already super cool, just like you! :D Hahaha.

  151. Jeannine says:

    Have a great time at camp Izze! *) :) :D

  152. Stephanie says:

    Hi Izze! All the best from Germany! Stay (Plant)Strong & live your dreams. Have fun at the camp :)

  153. Samantha C says:

    It’s amazing what a community can do when they pull together. So happy that so many people cared enough to send you to camp. The power of thoughtful people never ceases to amaze me! Now enjoy your time at camp!

  154. Brian says:

    Have fun at camp!

  155. Colleen says:

    Izze! I am SO excited for you!!! I hope you love love love camp and meet lots of new wonderful friends! Live it up girl!!!

  156. Cecelia Terhune says:

    You are an amazing young woman who has the opportunity to change the world one person at a time. Enjoy camp and continue to help others.

  157. Kimberly says:

    Izze,
    Congrats on being able to go to camp! My daughter, Abby, gets to go to camp this summer due to a fund raiser as well. There are so many awesome people in this world who care! Praise God! I wish you well, and hope you make tons of new friends at camp! Just be yourself! There is only one Izze and you are wonderfully made! (Psalm 139:14) God bless! :)

  158. amy says:

    Way to go!! What an inspiration you are! Enjoy your time at camp!

  159. Jessica says:

    Wow, you are awesome!! Keep going forward you are a role model at such a young age!!

  160. Jordana says:

    Congratulations! I’m so glad that you are learning the benefits of working hard for what you want and not looking for the easy way and giving up. You are truly an excellent role model. Enjoy camp, you’ve earned it!

  161. Cheryl says:

    Izze, you should be proud of yourself and all that you have accomplished. Camp will be awesome and you will make memories that will last a lifetime!

  162. Cathey says:

    Go, Izze and have a great time!

  163. colby higgs says:

    Izze- have an awesome time at camp! I know you’ll have a blast!!

  164. Joyce says:

    Izze,
    Camp will be a blast. Enjoy every minute of it! I’d like to say, “keep a journal”, but hopefully, you’ll be too busy. When yo get home take the time to write down all your memories.

  165. Margaret says:

    Have a great time at camp Izze!!!

  166. Shawna says:

    Hi Izze,

    I”m so happy you are going to camp. You are one special young lady, and I felt really inspired after reading about you. You are going to have a blast at camp and create many wonderful memories!

  167. Tania says:

    Have a wonderful time at camp! :-)

  168. Randi says:

    have a blast at camp Izze!!! The best years of my life!!! I know you will enjoy every moment!!

  169. Desiree says:

    Great job on the fundraising Izze! I hope you have a wonderful time at camp and meet some great new friends that will last a lifetime!

  170. Carolsue says:

    You will have a wonderful time at camp and it will mean even more because of all the work you did to earn it! Enjoy!!!!
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  171. Jeff Forster says:

    Izze – you are a true inspiration. Please enjoy camp with your new friends!

  172. Abby C. says:

    I was a camp counselor for several summers. Take it from me, you are going to love it! There is nowhere better in the summer. Enjoy every minute.

  173. nik says:

    Hi Izze! I watched your video and listened to your song…you are so talented! Just wonderful. I hope you keep on playing!
    You’re beautiful and smart and amazing and I know you will meet many new friends in the coming months and years. I admire you for having the courage to challenge your fears and beating them and making your dreams come true. All the best to you and your fabulous mom! :)

  174. Karen says:

    I hope it is the summer camp of a lifetime.

  175. Lane W. says:

    Izze.. You are an Inspiration !!!!!! Have a Super Time at Camp :)

  176. Hi Izze! So incredibly happy for you :-) Best wishes for a most amazing summer at camp for you. Keep pursuing your passions and have a lot of fun doing so. Have an outstanding time at camp!

  177. Ashley Chisum says:

    Have a wonderful time Izze! <3

  178. Jennifer W. says:

    What an amazing experience and opportunity, Izze!!!! You’ve reminded me the power of dreaming big… proud of you!!!!

  179. Lani says:

    How wonderful!!! keep your chin up and dreams alive. Dreams come true every day. =) Have a great time at the camp!!!

  180. Lisa says:

    Keep inspiring others Izze and stay plant strong! Enjoy camp!

  181. Cindy A says:

    Izze,

    Have a fantastic time at camp! I’m so happy for you and I hope that you enjoy every minute. Great job!

    Going plant strong is fantastic, what a great choice. There is nothing like feeling wonderful and supporting farmers and real food too!

  182. Stefani Carlson says:

    Have a great time!!!!!!! Make wonderful memories!

  183. BH says:

    Incredible Izze!

    I am SO proud of and happy for you that you’ll be going to camp! I’m going to “camp” too! Next weekend, with all the Esselstyn’s! Yay! We’ll both have lotsa fun! I know neither of us will ever forget our life-changing experience. Here’s to good friends and good times! Have a blast!

  184. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Izze! I’ve been keeping up with your story at the Engine 2 blog and am so excited you are going to camp! I know how wonderful it feels to be around people just like you (that’s how I felt at the E2 immersion I attended last week!). I’m sure you will have a great time. You and your mom are inspirations to us all. :)

  185. IndyAnna says:

    Congrats Izze!! Hope you have a great time at camp!

  186. Elizabeth K says:

    Hi, Izze! I hope you’re having a great time at camp! I just read a quote that said, “Have big dreams. You will grow into them.” You’ve already set a big dream of going to camp, and you made it! Don’t stop there, girl! Dream big! You can do anything you want! You are a smart, beautiful girl! Go big, little lady!!

  187. Fawn Simpson says:

    Izze, I’m almost 51 and some of my best memories are if summer camp. You are going to have so much fun. I’m excited for you! Go create a lifetime of good memories.

  188. Jodie B. says:

    Izze,
    We look forward to hearing from you on your summer camp adventures. I know that you will have a wonderful time. Lots of hugs and kisses to you:)

  189. Bree says:

    Keep up the good work, you are amazing Izze! Way to set an example and be a role model for other people, everywhere! You sure have inspired me :)

  190. Sadie says:

    Izze, I’m so glad you are getting to go to camp. I hope you have a great time!

  191. Nancy says:

    So happy you get to go to camp! Have so much fun!!

  192. Rhonda says:

    Have loads of fun at camp!!! I hope it is an awesome experience for you. :-)

  193. Ariel Rosen says:

    Best of luck! Have the time of your life!! :)

  194. Sara says:

    Have a great time at camp Izze!! Your amazing!

  195. Shelly says:

    Have fun at camp, Izze!

  196. Sara says:

    Izze, (what a cool name by the way!)
    You are such a strong person and a great role model. You rock!

  197. ldpaulson says:

    It’s summer and summer is incomplete without a camping experience. Best wishes for an adventure filled with positive memories. May it include a new friendship … or several. And be careful! The songs you’ll learn … those will stay with you forEVER! :)

    Do we get a mini-report on your experiences when you return?!

    –ldp

  198. jem says:

    Follow your dreams!

  199. Heather says:

    Hope you have an awesome time at camp, Izze!!

  200. Samantha Harris says:

    Have a blast at camp izze!!

  201. Amy Jonas says:

    Hope you’re having a wonderful time at camp Izze & that you’re meeting lots of cool new friends! You truly are an inspiration! Stay plant strong :)

  202. Justin says:

    Izze- I hope you have a wonderful time at camp. You are a true inspiration!

  203. Tehila says:

    I hope you have an amazing time at camp, Izze!!! ♥

  204. Angela W. says:

    Izze — You may not know it, but you have positively influenced SO MANY people simply by being YOU! Keep being you because you are perfect exactly as you are.

  205. Hope Ware says:

    Izze,

    As a parent, I applaud your tenacity and desire to dream big! Keep your goals high and never stop reaching for them!

  206. Rachel says:

    Izze, I wish you all the best for a wonderful time at camp! I know it will be a great experience and a chance to meet great new people and make life long memories. I’m very excited for you!

  207. Mike says:

    Izze,

    Have an awesome time at camp. I am a swimmer and always look forward to being in the water. Water sets me free and I hope it does the same for you.

  208. Paula says:

    Izze,

    As Dr Seuss puts it, “Oh the places you will go!”
    Hope you have fun at your camp and make some new friends :)

  209. Katy says:

    Izze,

    You must be so excited to go to camp! I have found in my own life that it only takes one person to believe in you and the possibilities are endless! I believe in YOU, Izze! Make great memories at camp and in all your future endeavors!

  210. Ed F. says:

    Wow! The new friends you’ll make!

    Go get ‘em, Izzy!

    Congrats to Mom, too.

  211. Ninufar says:

    Dear Izze,

    Congrats to you for choosing so many brave choices already! I hope that camp is fun and that it leads you to some kids who become true friends. Be safe & have a wonderful summer!

    Tipping my hat to you,

    Ninufar*
    *which means water-lily, a flower that reaches down into the much at the bottom of the pond and turns that into something beautiful.

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