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May 8, 2013

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May 8, 2013

My son is still too young to be a camper during the day camp & sleep away. He's only four. But we have been a part of Camp Odayin's Family camp for the last three years. It has been a wonderful experience for both him and I. We've met fantastic families and love seeing the Camp Odayin staffers each year.

Chase was the youngest camper to attend Family Camp three years ago. It was a little daunting to hand my child off to someone I just met so I could share in the Parents Time and participate in the Q&A with the Pediatric Cardiologist. Of course I had nothing to worry about. Chase had a blast with Matt and the older kids.

Each year we look forward to Family Camp- I don't know who gets more excited me or him! It is so nice to have a home away from home. My kiddo will grow up with kids like him and I have the support of parents who have gone thru this journey before me. I am forever thankful I found Camp Odayin.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

May 8, 2013

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May 8, 2013

I attended camp Odayin for 3 years! During my time their I was able to make life-long friends that understand what it is like living with a heart condition. I felt like it was a place where I truly belonged. The staff their were all very friendly and made camp even more enjoyable. I hope to one day be able to give back to Camp Odayin as they have given so much to me! I am a completely different person now than I was before I went to camp. I have so much more confidence!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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May 8, 2013

Two years ago I was convinced by some amazing Moms to allow my Oldest daughter who has Marfan syndrome to attend Camp Odayin. The only place she had slept without me was at my parents house. But she was excited to go and be part of the residential camp experience. I agreed to let her go because I knew this would probably be the only Camp suitable for her needs. She came back home a different girl, with more passion for life than she already had, she came back independent, strong, powerful. Last year my youngest decided to take the risk and experiment residential camp. On their return date she cried because she wished camp was longer, because she didn't want to let go of her cabin sisters and all the wonderful people at Camp. Throughout the whole year we deal with the anxiety at least once or twice a month of her stating she just can't wait until Camp, the wait is too long. This year we have our 11 year old going for her third time and our 10 year old going for her second time and even though other plans might have to be cancelled, family gatherings missed we are all happy to do it just for the smiles and memories that are made at Camp Odayin.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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May 8, 2013

Last year was my first year as a "Camp Doc" at Camp Odayin - after hearing so many great things from my patients, it was great to get to finally go experience camp myself! Wonderful place filled with the best, most positive and uplifting folks you can imagine. I'm excited that I have several patients that will be going to camp this year for the first time. :)

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 8, 2013

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May 8, 2013

Forget Disney... Camp Odayin is the most magical place on earth! I was a camper for 3 years, only because I didn't find out about it until I was 13. I live in West Virginia, but the trip out to MN was completely worth it. Before Odayin, I had attended other summer camps, but never had an enjoyable experience due to misunderstandings about my heart condition. At Odayin, I was never made fun of for my scars or not being able to "keep up," and best of all, I got to meet other kids just like me! I had never met anyone else with a heart condition that was my age, and having that opportunity was truly life-changing. I am now pursuing a degree in Biology/ Pre-Medicine to prepare for a career in pediatric cardiology. I have the confidence to follow my dreams, and hope to return as a volunteer physician (shout out to Dr. Chip)!

THANK YOU, Camp Odayin!!!!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

May 8, 2013

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May 8, 2013

Camp Odayin helped my son forget about his heart for a short time each summer and makes him feel like just one of the kids. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel and my family feels for just a wonderful place.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

August 19, 2012

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August 19, 2012

Camp Odayin not only has a summer residential program, but it's efforts to support kids with heart disease is year 'round. My daughter has learned fantastic leadership skills and has gained immeasurable confidence from all its programming. She loves family camp, winter camp, and the community/ fundraising events. It's a yearlong endeavor for her -- and us! The staff is amazing -- knowledgeable, professional, and caring.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

October 24, 2011

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October 24, 2011

Our son Brett (10) really enjoys summer and winter camp!! WE also as a family got a chance to do family camp and it was a Blast! Only wish My back wouldn't hold me back in joining in on all activities!!

Thank you to all staff!!

Doug

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

them letting our Family to hang with Their Family!!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

the staff doing Fine with their own Decisions!

May 18, 2011

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May 18, 2011

My daughter Kaylin has gone to Camp Odayin for the last 2 years. This will be her third year of going we live in Lisbon, Iowa and I would drive her all the way every year if that is what it takes! Kaylin feels like a normal little girl at Camp Odayin she is not singled out because of her heart problems, all the children have heart problems. They have different activities every year and meet new friends but also see the ones from the years before! $25.00 for her to go is amazing! It is beautiful and very warming and welcoming! The camp is beautiful and the lake is awesome! Archery and horseback riding are activties!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My child has!

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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June 22, 2009

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June 22, 2009

Camp Odayin is the best camp for my girls. Both my 11 year old and 10 year old have pacemakers and have had heart surgies. Two years ago I wanted them to go and they absolutely did not want to go 6 hours from home. Last year The staff of Childrens heart clinic helped me convince them to go. They decided maybe so I sent in all the paperwork and we were accepted. They went and came home and had an awesome time. This year they asked mom when do we get to go back. I said this summer. Thanks Camp Odayin for having a place my two girls can be themselves!!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My kids have alot more self esteem and are not as shy!

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They are truly very helpful and amazing

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Thank you to everyone. You are truly great people for helping out kids enjoy themselves.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Let all kids come to heart camp every year!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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