Camp Discovery offers a life-changing experience for children with chronic skin conditions. Although the low vision associated with albinism is often viewed as the most life-affecting, Hope has the additonal challenge of having to protect her skin. This can cramp the style of a teenager, and she loves her week at Camp Discovery where she doesn't have to ask for extra time to apply sunscreen (it's built into the schedule) or feel like a freak for having to limit her outdoor time (also built into the schedule).
Importantly, she also has the opportunity to be around other kids who stand out because of their physical appearance-- a not-that-fun distinction for a teen. Spending a week with others who get it has been a self-esteem booster and a welcome break from the constant stares, necessary explanations, etc.
Hope's interest in the future study of medicine has also been kindled by her time at Camp Discovery, because it is staffed by loving and knowledgeable doctors who have helped her understand her condidtion, igniting a desire to know even more.
There is a spirit of camaraderie and genuine acceptance at camp that can be hard for Hope to find in daily life. The friendships that are made, camper to camper and camper to counselor, has shaped how she approaches her challenges.
Most families could not afford camp ($1800 per kid!) if not for the donations to AAD, and we'd like to give back in appreciation for what camp has meant to Hope, so other kids can benefit from the same opportunity.
Would you join us in showing AAD you agree with their mission of giving kids like Hope a week of acceptance and encouragement, by giving a donation? We've set a goal of $1,800, which means that we only need 100 friends to give $18, or 50 friends to give $36.
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About Camp Discovery:
The American Academy of Dermatology’s Camp Discovery gives children with chronic skin conditions a life-changing summer camp experience. Each year nearly 360 campers benefit from Camp Discovery at no cost to their families. The Academy covers the $1,800 cost for each child who attends Camp, with the help of donations from AAD members and other generous supporters.