MDA Summer Camp

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by April Warnecke

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azfamily.com

Posted on June 13, 2011 at 8:06 AM

Updated Monday, Jun 13 at 8:18 AM

HEBER, Ariz. -- For more than 100 kids with muscular dystrophy, it's the best week of the year.  The Muscular Dystrophy Association's special summer camp gives these kids a chance to hang out with other children just like them, and do things they otherwise might not be able to. 

Last week at Camp Shadow Pines in Heber, kids came from all over Arizona to ride horses, play special sports and make new friends and memories. 

New at camp this year, the kids enjoyed some special wheelchair swings built by the camp staff.  They also competed in wheelchair soccer and wheelchair bowling, both with beach balls. 

The talent show is always my favorite. These kids may have weak bodies, but their imaginations are strong!  Skits and performances showcase their unique talents and creativity. 

Friday is the big dance on the last night of camp. 

Each camper has their own counselor, and this was my fifth year as Sierra's counselor. Now 14 years old, Sierra has a type of muscular dystrophy called Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and like most kids at camp, every year her body gets weaker. 

Sierra loves the independence she gets to experience at camp, and looks forward to the camp all year long. 

Campers and their families don't have to pay for this special camp, so if you donate to the MDA, thank you! Your donations make this amazing camp, one of nearly 80 throughout the country, possible.

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