I am excited to announce today that Camp Discovery is back! This program, which I began last year with the help of a generous grant from AVON, is really a dream for me. When I sustained a spinal cord injury (SCI) in 2000 and was at Craig Hospital doing my rehabilitation, I realized I was only one of two women going through rehab at the time. When I was discharged and went out into the real world and also began doing sports, I realized that there still weren’t very many women in chairs with SCIs. This made it difficult for me when I had personal questions that I needed addressed about spinal cord injury and life as a wheelchair user. Although I made do for many years, I decided it was time to figure out a way to bring other women together who had experienced the same situation.
I applied for a grant from AVON to put together an adventure camp for women in chairs and as luck would have it, my application was accepted! I put together a group of volunteers to coordinate the camp and it was a huge success. We recruited 15 women to take part in activities from tennis to golf, to handcycling and scuba. It was so much fun!
This year, thanks to the efforts of the Challenged Athletes Foundation and Craig Hospital, I am able to bring the camp together again. It is open to any woman who has experienced an injury or disorder of the spinal cord (SCI, M.S., spina bifida, etc.) and who primarily uses a wheelchair.
I found that this camp is a necessity in this population. The women who participated got so much out of being able to form a support group and to meet others in their situation.
I thank our current sponsors and hope that if you are reading this, you will consider making a donation to Camp Discovery! Please fill out the contact form on this website and I will be in touch with you promptly.