Screen Shot 2015-07-06 at 3.15.54 PMSAN ANTONIO – The Big Give, San Antonio’s 24-hour fundraiser, raised more than $4 million in May for local nonprofits and the donations are already being put to use.

The Believe It Foundation, for example, is sending kids with disabilities to summer camp in New Braunfels at TBarM camp.

They are able to do so thanks to the generosity of Andrew McAllister.

“I wanted to create an opportunity for physically challenged children to share in the same experiences as I did,” said Andrew McAllister, founder of the Believe It Foundation.

McAllister, who was born with cerebral palsy and has poor vision, grew up going to camp. He said it was at TBarM where he gained confidence.

He said his most memorable experience was with his then-instructor who is now a friend.

“He strapped me to his body and I was able to ski in between his skis … barefoot — only for 30 seconds, but it was the thrill of my life,” McAllister said.

McAllister created the Believe It Foundation in 2008. Since then, he’s been sending kids with disabilities to summer camp. It costs the foundation $1,000 per child, and this year, 14 are going to camp.

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