Saturday, May 19, 2012

Camp Twin Lakes

I thought I'd post something a little different for day 5 of Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month.  I've mentioned in previous posts about Camp Twitch and Shout, the wonderful camp that Monster Man attended last summer, and that we attended as a family in the fall.  Camp Twitch and Shout is a week-long summer camp for children ages 7 to 17 that have Tourette Syndrome.  For that week, the kids are free to tic to their heart's desire.  There is no one staring at them while they twitch, no one feeling disrupted by their need to shout.  It's a special place where they can feel 100% 'normal'.  In the fall, families come together for a weekend filled with camp activities, a little bit of education for the parents, and (most importantly to us) the chance to connect with other families that know what we experience daily.

Camp Twitch and Shout is one of several wonderful camps offered through Camp Twin Lakes.  Camp Twin Lakes holds several different camps for children living with disabilities, life threatening diseases, or other challenges.  There are camps for children with Tourette Syndrome, diabetes, weight management issues, Autism spectrum disorders, developmental or intellectual disabilities, burn injuries, asthma, sickle cell disease, spina bifida, cancer, celiac disease, muscular dystrophy, juvenile arthritis, hearing impairment, brain injuries, bleeding disorders, epilepsy, amputations, and so many other situations, including some camps for children living with family members going through some of these situations.  All of these camps offer their campers a chance to connect, a chance to feel like they are truly accepted, a chance to feel like they belong.

Camp Twin Lakes is one of five organizations in the running today for a chance to win a Toyota vehicle.  Each day for 100 days, Toyota is giving away a vehicle to an organization that is trying to make a difference.  Camp Twin Lakes could really use the Toyota Tundra.  Among the many ways that the camp could benefit from having this vehicle is their newest program, Camp-To-Go, which allows Camp Twin Lakes to have camp activities in children's hospitals around Georgia.  It's such a great opportunity for children who can't make it to a camp location due to their medical needs.

Please take a few moments today to check out the Toyota 100 Cars for Good page on Facebook.  While you're there, please put in your vote to help Camp Twin Lakes be today's winner.  Voting begins at 10am Eastern time, and runs until 11:59pm.

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