Parker Timberman will be 13 in July. He suffers from Cerebral Palsy, a condition that causes physical disability in human development. Members of his family told The Brazil Times Parker has gone through 13 different surgeries.
"He has a difficult time walking right now with his braces," his mother, Angel Timberman said.
Parker is a fifth-grader at East Side Elementary School.
"He has a real outgoing personality," Angel said. "He's the president of student council at school. He loves theater, reading and he's starting to like girls."
Parker's stepfather, Robert Brown, told The Brazil Times the family has conducted several fundraisers thus far and have more in the works.
Brown said the family began raising money in February. Some of the fundraisers so far have included selling 3-pound tubs of cookie dough. Currently, he said the family has scheduled a raffle with local merchants supplying gifts. Cost is $5 a ticket, or $20 for five tickets.
The deadline for the raffle is May 31.
Money cans have also been strategically placed through Brazil for donations.
"The goal is $2,000," Brown said, adding they have raised more than $700 so far.
Angel added a "Hardee's Night," has been scheduled for Saturday, April 16. From 5-8 p.m., the local restaurant will give Parker 20 percent of sales.
"We're raising the money to send him to Camp Riley and to get him the things that he needs to attend the camp," Brown added.
He said recently, the family had to purchase a seat for Parker's walker.
"If we get some extra money, we're trying to get him an (used) electric chair," Brown added. "At his age, being a teenager, he wants to be more active."
"It's hard for him to interact with kids his age," Angel added. "He can't keep up."
Angel said Parker has attended Camp Riley in the past. The camp takes place for two weeks beginning in June and going through July, at Bradford Woods, south of Indianapolis on State Road 67.
"While he's at the camp, they do a lot of things," she said. "This camp, he just loves it. It gives him an experience in life that he wouldn't normally be able to do."
According to information located at www.rileykids.org, the Riley Children's Foundation website, Camp Riley "helps inspire youth with physical disabilities to realize their potential as they become increasingly independent."
According to the website, approximately 250 children, ages 8-18, attend Camp Riley yearly.
There are six different camp sessions during a five-week summer period.
Camp Riley opened in 1955 and is made possible through donations to the Riley Children's Foundation.