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Jon Garrison

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Iíve worked with kids with chronic illness for three years now. These kids spend most of their lives at the doctorís office, enduring grueling and painful treatments, most home schooled due to multiple treatments, hospitalizations and blood draws, never knowing what itís like to be a kid. Many have never spent one night away from home. They take multiple medications on a daily basis, spend hours a day hooked to dialysis machines, suffering ridicule from healthy kids in their own age groups due to size and appearance differences. And the only thing that they can do is to trudge on and try to maintain some semblance of a childhood. And anything I can do to help my kids have a better day, or summer, or life - I'm going to do it. Seriously, check out this video of one camper's story to begin to understand the enormity of this experience.

Camp is a rite of passage for young people. Campers are faced with challenges and opportunities that build character, autonomy, and reasoning. And most of all, and this is especially true for chronically ill children, it gives kids time to be kids.

The Painted Turtle is where children with serious medical conditions celebrate just being kids! Through innovative, camp-based programs that offer a great big dose of fun and support, children with more than 70 medical conditions visit The Painted Turtle each year, reclaiming the joys of childhood. The Painted Turtle has offered thousands of children and their families hope and encouragement through its Summer and Family Weekend camps since it opened its gates in 2004.
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