Helping to give kids strength for their journey, that's the goal of Camp Rise Above. The organization provides fun life-changing camp experiences for children with serious illnesses, disabilities and challenges. We're on James Island for our Cool Camp of the week..
It's two exciting days of summer fun for campers at Camp Rise Above, where kids can just be kids. Founder Barbara Denton says, “Camp Rise Above was founded about four years ago, and our mission says we are going to provide a camping experience for children with serious medical diseases. life challenges, and disabilities. These children that are out having a great time today have heart disease or kidney disease. They have a one on one counselor.” Campers, age 6 to 17 enjoy a variety of fun activities. Fifteen-year-old Allie Tsarsis says, “It's been really nice, especially with all the counselors. My counselor is awesome. She's so nice, and it's just the best experience I've ever had.”
The non-profit Camp Rise Above hosted four “two day” free camps at James Island County Park for nearly one-hundred kids this summer. Denton says, “They're independent, they're away from home. They're doing things that they would never be challenged to do before in a regular environment.
Yesterday they were all timid. They didn't know each other, and today they're best buds. They're all having a great time together.” Six-year-old Mari James says, “It's great, swimming is the best.”
From exploring the outdoors, to fun games, rock climbing and archery, campers are discovering new Six-year-old Mari James says, “It's great, swimming is the best.” Fifteen-year-old Austin Ashley says, “It's been good. I did a lot of stuff that I've never done before here.” “I think that it's pretty cool. I've done rock climbing.. swimming and archery,” says nine-year-old LaShonda James. Denton says, “To have this opportunity to just be kids, these kids are all sick kids, but you would never know it to see them today. They are just being a regular kid and giggling and having fun. The kids for that one moment in time can forget that they're sick, and that's what we're trying to give to them.”
Camp Rise Above also serves children with brain tumors, sickle cell disease, and children of deployed military. The camp is funded by donations, and they need your help. Their long term goal is to build a physical camp that can accommodate all the children. For more information on how you can help, click here: http://campriseabove.org/about-us/