Posted: Mar 4, 2013 9:50 PM
Updated: Mar 4, 2013 9:50 PM
ORACLE - Do you remember Kristi's Kid Kristine Hodgkinson? She is the Tucson amputee with ties to Winter that famous dolphin that lost her tail. Kristine has an update and proof that there are no limits with Kristi's Kids.
Kristine will tell you only the sky's the limit. We were there last year when she and her friends watched the movie Dolphin Tale. Now Kristine is making her dream come true bringing Camp No Limits to Arizona.
The first-ever such camp in Arizona was in Oracle, last month thanks to Kristine. The camp is open to amputees or those born with any defects which limit ability.
"It's really, really exciting!" Kristine tells us through an interpreter.
Kristine is active and this camp is helping with her progress. But Camp No Limits is in Maine, so she wanted to bring it closer.
"I wanted my family to be able to go to the camp with me. My brother and sister are here and my parents are here. So we're all here together. And I really wanted us all to experience it together here."
It's an experience that's validating.
"It's fun because then you'll know like kids around the country and stuff that are like you," says Isabelle Henderson. Isabelle's right leg was amputated soon after she was born.
"Now that we've experienced this first camp," says Jenni, Isabelle's mom. "We want to go try the other camps out. And it's going to give Isabelle an opportunity to try things that she probably never done before."
Camp No Limits was born in 2004 in Maine.
"Our first camp we had four families," says Mary Leighton, Founder and Director of Camp No Limits.
Now there are camps all over the country in Maine, Florida, Mississippi, California, and Idaho. Arizona and Colorado are new ones this year.
"I'm a triple amputee from a traumatic accident," says Cameron Clapp. He was one of the first campers in the beginning. Now he's a counselor working with younger campers.
"We get to meet each other and be like, 'Hey! You know what? Like it's cool to be an amputee. We have these really cool robot legs.'"
Cameron says, this camp unlocks an amputee's potential.
"Three, four, five days into it, they are just flying."
Keegan is 14 years old. She's been coming to camp for several years. Keegan was born without her right hand. She likes helping younger kids.
"I like to see them all grow throughout camp. And see them come to camp in a wheel chair and then at the end of camp leave on their stubies." (Stubies are a very basic flat prosthetic leg)
Click her for more information about Camp No Limits Arizona. The first one was a success and Kristine wants to invite more people.
"We sat around a camp fire. We made s'mores together. We've had our dinner. We met a bunch of new people...made a lot of new friends here too."
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