Making a pig of yourself in a good cause

Getting down and dirty at past Muddy Puddles “Mess Fests.” Photographs courtesy The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation.

Ty Louis Campbell was a gutsy kid who went through what no one should have to – brain cancer – passing away at the age of 5 in 2012. Throughout Ty’s cancer treatment, he yearned for the day when he would be well enough to jump in muddy puddles again, a simple pleasure that his disease took away from him.

In memory of that desire and his fighting spirit, The Ty Louis Campbell Foundation holds an annual Muddy Puddles “Mess Fest’’ to fund the battle against the deadliest childhood cancers while allowing attendees to explore their inner children.

The Saturday, Aug. 5 event – which is expected to draw more than 2,500 people to Kiwi Country Day Camp in Mahopac from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. – will include a visit with Peppa Pig (Nickelodeon’s animated star, who absolutely loves jumping in muddy puddles), along with zip lines, splatter paint, pie tosses, slip ‘n’ slides, food fights, muddy puddle jumping, a “slopstacle course” and much more.

 In its first four years, Muddy Puddles has had an attendance of more than 8,000 and has raised approximately $260,000 for childhood cancer research. 

The camp is at 825 Union Valley Road. For more, visit muddypuddlesproject.org and theTLCfoundation.org.

– Georgette Gouveia

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