Nina is a 19 year old who has lived with epilepsy since birth. Nina has attended Camp Carpe Diem since she was 12 years old. Camp Carpe Diem has helped Nina develop key life skills that she continues to benefit from today. Camp has taught Nina that she can have fun without being worried about her epilepsy. It has shown her that she is not defined by her disability and she can achieve anything she puts her mind to!
Camp is not only important for those living with epilepsy — it is also a huge relief for the parents and caregivers. Nina’s dad, Mark, shared that with camp they never had to be concerned about the medical care because the camp is hosted and staffed by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. They can handle any situation – specifically seizures – with no issue. This ensures the safety of the campers so they may participate in ‘normal’ camp activities like swimming, ropes course, zip lining, horseback riding, etc.
Mark also mentioned that because all the kids there had epilepsy, Nina felt comfortable that everyone there understood and can relate to her epilepsy. Nina was able to spend a week away from her family, that helped her become more independent and comfortable when she is on her own.
Below is Nina’s video sharing her camp experience.
The Epilepsy Foundation of Georgia is proud to partner with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Camp Twin Lakes to be able to provide funding for camp scholarships so that no camper is denied this experience due to financial restraints. EFGA is grateful to be able to partner with such an amazing facility in Camp Twin Lakes with the camp fully staffed by medical professionals from CHOA.
Camp is critical to every child’s normal life experience – no one should be denied that simply because of their epilepsy. Please consider supporting Camp Carpe Diem today!