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Nov 25

Victory Junction & Giving Tuesday

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are 100% my own.

 

Victory Junction & Giving Tuesday

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So what is Victory Junction you are wondering? Victory Junction believes that every child, no matter their illness or diagnosis, should enjoy normal childhood experiences. It is so awesome to me that there is a place where all kids can go and do what they are supposed to, be kids. Victory Junction makes that possible for so many and I’m so grateful.

 

Who Victory Junction Serves

Camp is available to children ages six to 16. The Victory Junction experience is a welcome break for children who spend most of their year receiving medical treatments and attending countless hospital visits.

Some of the illnesses served:

  • Bleeding Disorders
  • Burn Survivors
  • Cancer
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Craniofacial Anomalies
  • Diabetes
  • Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • Genetic Disorders
  • Heart Disease
  • Immunologic Disorders
  • Kidney Disorders
  • Lung Disease
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Rheumatologic Disorders
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Skin Disorders

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What are the campers saying?

  • “I was diagnosed a few months ago and this was the first time I was able to forget about my illness.”  -Emma, 16
  • “If I could change one thing about the world, I would make VictoryJunction bigger so more people could come to camp.” – Zoe, 10
  • “It makes me the happiest when I get the chance to come to this camp.”   -Chloe, 9
  • Victory junction means a lot to me…I have more fun than I’ve ever had in my life.” – Delton, 15
  • Victory Junction is like a place where you can actually be a real kid. You get the chance to do a bunch of fun activities for a lot of days. It really encouraged my life.” – Elijah, 7 

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Camp Counselor + Former Camper Stephen 
 
Surrounded by the incredible love, support and medical care found at Victory Junction, special bonds of friendship are built at camp. Our counselors play a huge role in shaping the Victory Junction experience. They help campers look beyond their limitations and encourage them to focus on their strengths. Stephen, a former camper and now summer counselor, says the compassion shown by his counselors when he was a camper changed his life.
“My camp counselors were absolutely amazing,” said Stephen. “They treated me like I was one of the guys, like I was normal. They showed me a love that I hadn’t felt anywhere else.”
Stephen has been in remission for three years now. He knows that his own medical journey and personal growth at Victory Junction will help him relate to campers’ medical challenges, worries or fears and show campers the compassion he felt when he was a camper himself.
This past summer, Stephen was back, along with all of our staff and volunteers to pay it forward. You can give back, too. Give endless laughter, rediscovered hope, jokes with new friends, camp songs and newfound courage to kids with serious medical diagnoses, just like Stephen.

 

ABOUT GIVING TUESDAY
– As part of the national social media event “Giving Tuesday” on November 29, Victory Junction will accept donations to help more kids experience a life-changing week at camp – always at no cost to the camper or their families. 
– For donations received on “Giving Tuesday,” an anonymous donor has agreed to match up to $10,000.
– On average it cost $2,500 for one child to attend camp’ medically-sound campus. However, due to many generous sponsors and donors no child or family ever occurs the cost to attend. 
– Since the camp opened in 2004, 23,000 campers and their families have been served. 
Here We Go Again Ready was compensated for this post. All opinions are 100% my own.