|Nicole M, Jean C, Jean Pickford, Lisa Breuning, Greg Wilson, Moureen Wenik, Derek, Aubrey, Ryan, Marty, and Mohammed|
|Greg Wilson and Jean Pickford with Ryan, Marty, & Mohammed|
FIRST staff spend the day at camp
Lisa Breuning, Public Relations Coordinator of FIRST
Every summer the American Academy of Dermatology sponsors Camp Discovery for children affected with skin disorders. This camp provides these children with the opportunity to enhance their self-confidence, learn from other children who have similar dermatologic conditions, and enjoy fishing, boating, swimming, water skiing, and arts and crafts. Camp Horizon in Millville, PA, held the week of August 15 - 22, 2009, is targeted to 8 to 13 year olds. They have a volunteer staff of past campers and AAD physicians and nurses. Every Wednesday afternoon, the volunteers are offered the opportunity to take some personal time for themselves. In an effort to keep the activities running smoothly for the children, volunteers from various agencies affiliated with the AAD offer their time to help with the camp activities.
Every year, the staff of FIRST spends the afternoon at Camp Horizon helping out with activities with the children. This experience is very rewarding for us. We have the opportunity to get to know not only children whose families are members of the Foundation, but also children with other skin conditions, such as alopecia areata, epidermolysis bullosa, and psoriasis . It is wonderful to see the kids just be kids and not have to worry about being "different" from the other kids. For many of the children, this is a rare opportunity to meet someone with the same condition as themselves.
This year's trip to Camp Horizon took place on August 19, 2009. Each of us helped out with a different activity. Moureen made ice cream, Lisa helped some of the girls make flip flops, and Jean and Greg helped out with games. Despite a late-afternoon downpour, it was truly a rewarding day.
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