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BAY AREA LIFE: Camp Wonder helps kids with chronic and life-threatening skin disease

LIVERMORE, Calif. (KGO) -- Camp Wonder is helping children with chronic and life-threatening skin diseases feel special.

Each year, children with chronic and life-threatening skin diseases from around the country take a break from being a patient for a week and focus on just being a kid. Camp Wonder is a special place free of judgement and stares! We create an environment of acceptance and support to empower the children to be themselves. Camp Wonder provides a safe, nurturing environment filled with positive energy and acceptance so our campers can be comfortable in their skin, rather than singled out for being different. We give them the opportunity to play sports, go swimming, climb a rock wall, do arts and crafts, go to the prom, activities these kids would otherwise never get to experience because skin diseases cause discomfort, pain, disfigurement, disability and shame. We give them a week of wonder to empower them to believe that their disease does not define them. Since we recognize that these families already take responsibility for most of the financial burden for medical treatment, Camp Wonder is free of charge. We cover all costs, including round-trip transportation.

The Taylor Family Foundation's Mission is to preserve the wellness and enhance the quality of life for children in Northern California living with life-threatening and chronic illnesses, developmental disabilities and youth at-risk through unique therapeutic experiences and support. TTFF offers an incomparable opportunity to children and their families by providing therapeutic recreation, specialized support and resources. Located on 138 acres of beautiful land nestled in Livermore, CA, TTFF's camp hosts a racially and socio-economically diverse group of 3,000 children with chronic medical, developmental disabilities and youth at-risk for over 30 camp sessions throughout the year at no charge. Now in our third decade, we have served more than 45,000 children, providing support to nearly 80,000 families in Northern California.



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