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MDA in need of summer camp volunteers

Thursday, January 14, 2010

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Muscular Dystrophy Association is searching for summer camp volunteers.

Volunteer counselors are needed to assist young people with neuromuscular diseases and help them enjoy a fun-filled summer camp July 3-9, at Bradford Woods in Martinsville.

Applicants must be at least 16-years-old and able to lift and care for a person between the ages of 6-17. Each volunteer counselor becomes a companion to a camper with a neuromuscular disease and helps them with daily activities such as arts and crafts, swimming and horseback riding.

"MDA summer camp is a special week of the year when children with muscular dystrophy can enjoy themselves in a peer group and can participate in a full range of outdoor activities adapted to their abilities," MDA Health Care Service Coordinator Ashley Mills said. "Besides being great fun, camp helps youngsters grow, and develop emotionally and socially. It's truly the highlight of the year for both campers and volunteers."

At no charge to families, MDA's summer camp program serves approximately 4,200 campers nationwide in nearly 80 locations for weeklong sessions.

To obtain a volunteer application or learn about other ways to support MDA's summer camp program, call 1-800-572-1717. More information about summer camp volunteers can be accessed at www.mda.org/clinics/camp.

MDA is a voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education.

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