For thousands of Canadian children, summer camp is a quintessential rite of passage. Unfortunately, children with arthritis are often unable to attend more traditional camps, which do not have the facilities, specialized medical staff, or the modified activities to accommodate their disabilities.
About 24,000 Canadian under 18 live with some form of arthritis, or more than three out of every 1,000 kids. The most common form is juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), which can cause persistent joint pain, stiffness, and swelling.
JIA can also rob young people of their childhood. The pain can turn even the simplest tasks – eating, washing or brushing hair, fastening buttons, tying shoelaces – into a real challenge. But with your support, we can help kids struggling with JIA enjoy being kids.
Arthritis symptoms are often invisible, which can make it difficult for other people to recognize or understand what a child is going through. Our goal is to provide a supportive environment where children in Alberta can meet others who are facing similar challenges and make lasting memories.
Camps are currently available to children living with arthritis in BC, Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada. With your help, Camp Childhood Arthritis can launch in Alberta in the summer of 2017. Camping together with a common condition means that children feel understood and accepted. It allows them to be defined not by their disease, but as kids.
In addition to barrier-free, traditional camp activities, Camp Childhood Arthritis will provide important tools and resources related to positive self-esteem and effective disease management, facilitated by experienced counselors. And on-site medical staff will ensure that campers’ health needs are met.
Funding is the biggest hurdle, but you can help make this a one-of-a-kind opportunity for local children with childhood arthritis a reality by making a donation today to our dedicated childhood arthritis fund. Donate now and hand back childhood!
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