A Gift of Strength and Fearlessness
Camp can sometimes be a second home to children. But for kids with serious illnesses, it can help build a sense of pride, accomplishment, and freedom while letting them focus on just being a kid.
For one 13-year-old camper who suffers from a pulmonary illness, a weeklong camp experience helped him overcome his fears and realize his inner strength. The experience made such a drastic improvement in his attitude and self-esteem that his mother said she was stunned by the impact, and that he had become a stronger person for attending the camp.
In 2016, he and four other campers, along with their families, enjoyed a week of camp at no cost thanks to a grant from The Hope Foundation to Flying Horse Farms. The local camp serves children with serious illnesses, such as cancer, heart conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, blood disorders, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders, and craniofacial anomalies.
Activities include swimming, boating, fishing, canine therapy, high ropes, archery, and arts and crafts.