MDA Summer Camp
Since 1955, MDA Summer Camps have provided children with neuromuscular disease a place where they can have a fun-filled week with other kids going through the same challenges. The kids look forward to summer camp all year long. Each year, MDA sends more than 4,000 youngsters ages 6-18 to fun-filled, one week camp sessions at 80 locations nationwide. All activities are specially designed for their abilities at no cost to their families.
On February 25, 2012 we participated in the MDA Muscle Walk to raise money to help send kids to camp. Our team is a combined team: Crown Prince Seafood staff and the EC Riders (Southeast Los Angeles/San Bernardino Chapter of MDA Executive Committee [EC]). We were able to raise over $5,000 and send 6 kids to summer camp.
This year, the summer camp in our area took place August 19-24 at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center in Orange, CA. There were 77 excited campers along with 96 energetic volunteers and medical staff.
“I was fortunate enough to spend 2 days at camp this year and witness the pure joy and fun that each of these kids were experiencing” said Denise Hines, Marketing Manager for Crown Prince. “The kids went from one activity to the next excited to participate in all the program had to offer. On Wednesday they had a VIP day where the local businesses and firefighters who helped raise money all year were able to see up close how their hard work and dedication paid off. I spoke with a number of the firefighters who were impressed with the strength and courage that these young kids showed and how this experience has impacted them. For me personally, it really put things in perspective.
I want to thank my fellow Crown Prince employees, family and friends who through their thoughtfulness and generosity brought joy and help make lasting memories in the lives of 6 kids.”
For more information about MDA and the programs they offer, visit their website at http://mda.org/.