The shutdown of camps last summer was disappointing for kids looking forward to the activities that camp brings. For kids enrolled at Camp Brainstorm, a camp designed specifically for kids with epilepsy, the absence of in-person camp was disheartening. It’s the only camp that includes children going through the same things they are because epilepsy is the norm. This year, the Camp went on, with just a few changes – and it was a gleeful success.
Says the Epilepsy Foundation of South and Central Texas, the non-profit group that organizes the camp each year: Camping experiences teach children with disabilities…how they can focus on what they can do, instead of what they cannot do.
Dr. Kate Labiner, a camp medical staff volunteer at this year’s camp as well as a pediatric neurologist at Child Neurologist Consultants of Austin, adored this year’s camp. They danced, they swam, they played human foosball (!!). Dr. Labiner said it was like being a kid again while also giving her the opportunity to connect with her patients and other kids like them in ways that she can’t do from her doctor’s office.
“It was so much fun. I loved watching the sheer joy on our campers’ faces doing activities they have never done before. Many will have made lifelong connections. I can’t wait for next year,” said Dr. Labiner.
Check out the @CampBrainstorm Facebook page for more photos and videos from the week.
Camp Brainstorm is made possible because of community donations. Child Neurology Consultants of Austin is proud to be a sponsor of this amazing annual event and The Epilepsy Foundation of South and Central Texas.
About Camp Brainstorm
Camp Brainstorm, located at Camp Aranzazu in Rockport, Texas, gives children with epilepsy the opportunity for a real sleep away camp experience in a safe space. They make friends, develop skills, and try new activities in a medically monitored environment that promotes independence in its campers. It’s also free for all to attend. To learn more visit: www.campbrainstorm.com.