Guest Blogger: Andrea Fitzpatrick
Camp Twin Lakes is a network of camps providing life-changing camp experiences to thousands of children with serious illnesses, disabilities and challenges through out each year. Camp programs are customized for each group of campers from cancer, solid organ transplants, emotional well-being, to physical disabilities and more. To me the most important part of these camps is when the Campers express how the camps make them feel normal, to be one of the group, and not to stand out because of their various illnesses or challenges. They build friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime, not to mention support systems that will see them through their hard times back at home, which often entail multiple doctor’s appointments, many hospital stays and ongoing treatments.
My son Colin has been attending Camp Twin Lakes’ Camp Independence for around 5 years now. He is 14 years old and has had two liver transplants. What I have learned from this camp is that it is instrumental in helping kids like Colin build self-esteem and confidence which are essential in the building blocks of a young life. It reassures him and the other kids that they are indeed just as normal as any other kid their age and that they are not alone facing the challenges that they face. Having a camp to go to like this is a blessing not only for the children but for their parents because they know that their kids are getting the very best care while they are there and at the same time having the time of their lives. The camp facilities are wonderful, there is horseback riding, canoeing, archery, art activities, swimming, boating, amphitheater activities and those are just a few that my son loves to do!
This Thursday, July 14th, 790am The Zone Radio Station will once again generously help raise money for the Camp Twin Lakes organization. Please find it within your heart to donate money to help them provide wonderful camps for these children. No amount is too small to help make a difference. The radio announcers are absolutely wonderful; through out the day they will interview special guests and most importantly, kids who attend each of the special camps. You will hear their personal stories (have tissues handy!) and how they feel about their camp. My son has been on the radio with Mike Bell each of the 5 years (and will be on it this year between 11am and noon) and loves the chance to express how he feels about the camp and how he looks forward to attending each year. The camp staff and organizers deserve a lot of recognition as well, without them, it would not be possible and without financial aid from our local communities, this organization would not exist, so please donate to help support this facility continue to provide life-changing camp experiences for thousands of kids who have struggled so hard at such an early age.
Here is how you can make a difference!
Donate any time at www.camptwinlakes.orgor call them directly at 404-231-9887, Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm ESTor Mail your gift to:
Camp Twin Lakes
600 Means Street, Suite 110
Atlanta, GA 30318
Volunteers are always welcome, please call them directly at 404-231-9887 to find out more!
To learn about another camp within Camp Twin Lakes, check out this great article on Camp Sunshine!