One week camp lasts a lifetime for kids with MD

8:47 PM, Sep 1, 2011   |    comments
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By Mike Bush

Wildwood, MO (KSDK) - For years, we've been telling you about the Muscular Dystrophy Association and this year's theme is: "Make a Muscle, Make a Difference".

One place that truly makes a difference for kids with MD, every summer, is MDA camp.

And if you don't believe me, just listen to some letters home from MDA campers.

"Dear Mom and Dad, Camp is great!" wrote 8-year-old Tara Reznak.

"We have done many activities. My favorite ones are swimming, eating s'mores, horseback riding and art," said 9-year-old Ben Schaeffer. "I am having an awesome time, exclamation point, exclamation point, exclamation point time at MDA camp. I have made too many friends. My favorite thing to do here is swim."

Todd Waldman is a counselor, back for his seventh year at MDA camp.

"What's so special are really the kids. Although they have muscular dystrophy and it's a disability, they are able to do so much and they are really living their lives to the fullest. It's truly an inspiration," said Waldman.

"When I first came to camp when I was six," writes 17-year-old Sarah Schwegel. "My favorite activities were arts and crafts and swimming. Now that I'm 17 and about to graduate, the best part of camp is making lifelong friends and spending time with piers that have similar disabilities."

Jamie Treadway is a counselor with 5 years experience.

"There's no pointing, there's no laughing. There's no questioning what's going on. It's just for lack of a better word, just normal. They get independence and freedom. They get to be kids," said Treadway.

Seventeen-year-old Brady Kegge wrote, " It's been so much fun. All of the counselors and campers have been staying up late and hanging out. I never want to leave."

"Throughout the years camp has made me who I am today," added Schwegel. "It has helped me become more independent and more self confident. Every year, usually in January I start looking forward to and start planning for camp so next year when I can't come back, I am really going to miss camp."

"You'll be happy to know, I've been a good boy," added Ben Schaefer signing off. "I miss you very much. When I see you, I will hug you. Love Ben."

"I can't wait to see you on Friday," said Reznak. "Love Tara. P.S. -I learned how to make my bed."


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