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Brain-injury survivors participate in Wilderness Endeavor camp

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Dear Editor:

This past June 3-9, 50 adult brain-injured survivors from throughout the state of Illinois participated in the Brain Injury Association of Illinois' camp Wilderness Endeavor. A large number of the survivors, 20 percent, were first-time campers. Philicia L. Deckard, executive director, and Ginny Lazzara, board chair of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois, have my praise and respect for making this week a reality for those of us who must live with a brain injury. Terry Andre and myself, members of the Fulton County Brain Injury Support Group, were among the 50.

The campground on the shores of Lake Bloomington gave the campers opportunity to fish, swim, ride horses and canoe, along with other camp activities. The activities were planned with different types of therapies that the average camper does not generally have opportunity to take part in at home. The best part of camp, for me, was spending time with my fellow survivors. It is the one week we get to be known as people and not just our disabilities.

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Camp FunZone for juvenile brain injury survivors will be Aug. 12-15. For further information about the camp or to sponsor a child at camp, please contact the Brain Injury Association of Illinois at 800-699-6443. The association could use your support with this project and the other programs it oversees to help bring awareness of brain injury to our great state.

It is the mission of the Brain Injury Association of Illinois to create a better future for us through brain injury awareness, prevention, by education and advocacy on our behalf. Visit them on the Web at http://www.biail.org/ or call them to find out more information about brain injury and how you can help.

Steve Love
Brain injury awareness advocate

[Posted June 29, 2007]

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