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Central Texas camp helps children who have Muscular Dystrophy

POSTED: Thursday, June 23, 2011 - 4:41pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

MERIDIAN -- Muscular Dystrophy is a disease affecting one in every 3,500 people in the U.S., and right here in Central Texas there's a camp for children and teens dealing with the disease.

Walking in to Camp John Marc, you would never guess that these campers are dealing with the serious disease. That's because for one week, they get to forget their worries and enjoy the summer.

For 10-year-old Mark Taylor, the best part of camp is his friends.

"It just sort of lets me know that I'm not alone because I live out in the country, and there isn't a lot of kids around. So it's really good to just get around and just get to know people," said Taylor.

Muscular Dystrophy affects the muscles, and every case is different. Counselor and physical therapy student, David Cook, hopes to learn how to better help people with the disease.

"We'll get to learn some of the tools we'll get to use in physical therapy, but we come away learning a lot more. The kids teach us so many cool things," said Cook. 

All activities are 100 percent accessible. Most of the kids like 17-year-old Amber Aponte of Copperas Cove says the best part of camp is having no worries.

"A lot of time I'll be out and I'll be afraid to show my braces, my ankle braces, but when I come here, everybody's the same. So I just wear shorts and show my braces anyway."

Aponte's counselor, Stephanie Zimmerer, says she will take a lot away from camp.

"It's amazing to just meet these fabulous girls who just want to hang out and be friends. They've taught me so much about myself and what I can do."

So whether you're a counselor or just a kid being a kid, Camp John Marc right here in Central Texas is a great place to be.


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