BENEFITING: Amputee Coalition
"It’s the one week a year I am the ‘normal’ kid,” says Ryan, a 4-year return camper. Since 2000, the Amputee Coalition has brought hundreds of kids together. Swimming and s'mores. Campfires and canoeing, making summer memories. In 2017, we have had more requests than ever, and we need your help to turn that application into an acceptance letter. All these kids (and the counselors) who come to camp are living with limb differences. For some, they may have been born with that difference. For others, it might be cancer or an accident. But those differences are not what matters -- it's the coming together. The conversations about how you talk to other kids, how you respond to a physical -- or emotional -- challenge. How you handle the complexities of growing up. Doing it together, with the support of people who really get it, makes a difference for these campers. As one counselor said: “I show the kids that it is OK to be themselves. They can do anything they set their minds to doing."