A friend’s child suffers with Crohn’s disease and it has been hard for him being ten, eleven and twelve and having to struggle with his condition—the discomfort, the doctors and the embarrassing and frequent trips to the bathroom.
But he recently returned from a summer camp experience that proved transformative. Some readers may be familiar with The Painted Turtle (www.thepaintedturtle.org), but I was not. It is a camp for children with serious illnesses, the sixth in a family of Hole in The Wall camps founded by Paul Newman and other philanthropists. And while you have to apply and children are accepted in the order of applications received… the camp is completely free.