MDA Camp Helps Children Enjoy Summer Fun

Shelley Robinson is a huge hockey fan. But instead of watching her favorite team, the Sea Wolves, on TV, Shelley is getting a taste of what it's like to play with others.

"You just get to be around all these other people who are kind of going through the same thing that I'm going through, kind of kindred spirits if you will," she said. "It's nice to have them around."

Shelly is of more than 40 children and young adults with muscular dystrophy attending this week long camp. Each year, MDA sponsors the event as a chance for kids to be just that.

"Enjoying getting away from home, seeing people just like me, seeing what their problems are like in comparison to mine, and just enjoy it, just have fun," fellow camper Trellis Blaton said. "It's my vacation."

"It's like a dream come true," MDA camper Bobby Sanders said. "I mean, someone who sits at home, you can't go outside because you get laughed at and other kids make fun of you and you have to stay inside, this is a dream come true for some people."

But the campers aren't the only ones having fun. Each patient has a counselor who also finds the experience unique and rewarding.

"It's just real humbling to you, and it makes you appreciate what you have and what you can do," camp counselor Drew Wardlaw said. "For one week out of your whole year, you're helping people that can't do things."