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December 31, 2008

I'm the father of twin boys who both had the opportunity to attend Camp Odayin this past summer! They had the time of their lives! Their mom and I also were amazed that we never even worried about them while they were away because we just knew they were being treated with such special care and attention. We've also had the pleasure to attend their family camp as well as several other Camp Odayin activities. The Camp Odayin staff are extremely professional and are just over all great people. They always make us feel so welcome and provide us with some really great entertainment opportunities. I highly recommend anyone with a child who has a special heart to look into the opportunities with Camp Odayin. I promise you that you'll be glad that you did! Todd Swank

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

the smiles of my twin boys who came home from camp with fascinating stories of fun activities and the joy of making new friends!

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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December 31, 2008

My son was born with a serious heart defect and has had a series of surgeries. Camp Odayin is a welcoming, magical place for kids like him. He can go swimming without being self-conscious about the scar that runs the length of his chest. He doesn't need to worry about if he'll get too tired to take part in the activities. He can talk to other kids about what it is like to have heart problems. But mostly, he can have fun without being different. The camp is committed to supporting these kids and to making camp affordable for all kids.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

watching the kids come home on the bus, so full of joy and connections with new friends.

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

incredible. They were committed to these children and their unique needs.

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

help so many more kids!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2006

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December 31, 2008

Our daughter went to Camp Odayin for the first time this past summer. It was an experience of a life time for her. She completely enjoyed herself and cant wait to return again next summer. It is such a great opportunity for her to spend time with children her own age that have the same challenges and scars that she does. To not feel different or have to explain why she has scars. Being at camp gave her such an increased self esteem and confidence. Thank you Camp Odayin - we love you.

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

my daughters increased confidence and self esteem

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

being able to be herself and not feel different because of her scars and heart defects.

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

Awesome, caring, kind, amazing - (these are her adjectives)

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

Give a lot of other kids the opportunity to have the same experience and not have to limit the number of kids that can attend or to help families get their child to camp if there are financial difficulties and if the cost of travel is a problem.

Ways to make it better...

Per my daughter - there is nothing she can think of that would have made it better except maybe the food. :-)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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December 31, 2008

This is the most amazing staff that really works hard to make many, many children have fun and feel very "normal". My child has got to experience some of the best summer memories because of Camp Odayin. She would not be able to go to camp with out Camp Odayin. She feels so great that she is not the only one with a scare on her chest while at the beach, but EVERY child has one! It is a wonderful orginazition and we love the Camp Odayin family! Thanks so much for letting our daughter and family be a part of it!!!!

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

the difference it makes in many children's lifes as well as their parents. The children are so happy and the parents feel that they are in safe hands to go away for the week.

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

Not be able to do as Great of a job as the staff there does! They are amazing! Thank you!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

My daughter is so happy and excited to go to camp and I love hearing all her stories when she gets back! She talks non-stop about how great of time she had!!! I love that!

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

Caring, energetic, positive, WONDERFUL, and AMAZING!!! I have never met someone I didn't like at Camp Odayin!!!

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

Change many lifes of children who have really gone through a hard time. To think of all these young children who have been given a second chance at life and Camp Odayin gives them a "normal" childhood experience. The parents are so happy to have their child feel safe with medical staff there and have fun around other kids who have gone through a simular experience. It really gives the child a sence of acceptance and a chance to talk with others about what they have gone through. Until you have seen a little child after having open heart surgery you can't even imangine how important this camp is to them! It truely is a special family! It could send more children to this wonderful camp and it would be life changing for many more children!

Ways to make it better...

I could have been a fly on the wall for a day to see first hand my daughter having a blast! :)

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Getting enough money donated to continue to opperate and send even more children.

One thing I'd also say is that...

CAMP ODAYIN ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has changed my daughts life..really it has...and I am so thankful for that! She still talks about her times at camp!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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This camp is fantastic. It changed my sons life. He thought he was the only kid with a heart defect and when he got there, he was one of many. When he got home, his attitude was better, he stopped talking about when he was going to die and at camp, he actually had conversations with other sick kids who really understood him, not just his well intentioned parents and doctors!!! The staff at Camp Odayin are absolutely incredible - they are well educated, concerned and really cared about the kids and they also showed the kids how to have a really great time! This was the first time I had actually been away from my son without any contact(aaarrggghh!!) and looking at the photos posted online each day eased my nerves and showed me that my angel was definately not missing me!!! CAMP ODAYIN ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

My son is a changed young man - More confident, less depressed - Much happier.

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

not change a thing!!!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They took great care of my angel and improved our lives.

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

glad to be there!

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

Do even more good.

Ways to make it better...

They could do nothing better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Give them more money!!!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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December 31, 2008

Camp Odayin is a terrific organization for children with heart disease. Our 10 year old son has benefitted greatly from his experiences at Camp Odayin over the past three years. He has gained confidence and made lasting friendships with other children. This organization cares deeply for their campers and everything is done in a professional and caring manner. The impact that this organization has made on our son and our family has been fantastic. We feel fortunate to have this resource available and blessed to part of the Camp Odayin family. Everything they do is first rate.

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that have given our son confidence.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

that everyone in the organization cares about helping children and their families.

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

caring and geniunely interested in you and your family.

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

make an even greater impact with more "heart" children and families.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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December 31, 2008

My son has been attending Camp Odayin for six years. Every year, he returns having made new friends, with increased self-esteem and new coping skills.

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

my son's self-esteem.

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

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

son's new-found sense of independence.

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

well-educated and compassionate.

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

increase time spent at camp.

Ways to make it better...

my son could spend two weeks at camp!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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December 31, 2008

I have been going to camp for six years. Sadly, next year will be my last because I will be too old to go again. I love camp and look forward to it every year. I have made lifetime friends and keep in touch with them throughout the year. The best part of camp is that I can totally be myself. I don't have to worry about being different because I have a scar from when I had open heart surgery because just about everyone has the same scar! The people at Camp Odayin are like my second family!

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

the way it has brought kids with the same kind of heart issues together to have fun and not worry about things for a week.

Ways to make it better...

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

have two weeks of camp each year!

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

every experience at camp is great!

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

friendy, outgoing, always willing to help out, and they genuinely care about all the campers.

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

they could help more kids with heart problems have a chance to get away and have fun time at camp.

Ways to make it better...

... I don't know... I've never had a bad experience.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

raising money to support the campers and making it possible for everyone to have a chance to go.

One thing I'd also say is that...

thanks for having this camp, it has made a positive impact on my life.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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December 31, 2008

My Son was born with a congenital heart defect. His heart will require attention for the rest of his life. Camp Odayin has been life changing for him. The Camp Odayin Family is powerful. Camp built self esteem, respect for others and instilled a need to help others with similar problems. The influence of the volunteers has been so positive. Each year he comes home raving about things he has learned about life. He no longer feels as if he is the only one. I look forward to the day when i have successfully raised my children and come back and be a volunteer at camp Odayin.

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

The campers and parents keep in touch year round. They celebrate successful procedures and mourn together the loss of friends. The volunteers are the catalyst for these kids to believe in themselves and the volunteers are like the glue that hold the kids together.

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

Be exhausted. Sara is an amazing person.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Building a bigger and bigger support group the longer we are involved. The bonds just grow stronger and stronger.

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

young and old and from many vocations. They were united in their funloving attitude and desire to help kids.

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

I would not want it to change. I might add transportion for some in need.

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I cannot imagine what could be better. I cry for joy at most of the events.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

emotionally, losing a camper. financially, keeping the funding.

One thing I'd also say is that...

Thank you to everyone involved.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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December 31, 2008

FANTASTIC!!! That is the exact word of my 16 year old daughter who went for the first time this year. Easy to make friends, eye opening for kids to see others with heart conditions. Great counselors willing to listen and have fun. Their goal was to help all these kids have fun! My daughter came back with friends and a whole new way of looking at her heat condition.

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

my daughters perspective of what limitations she has versus what could really be if she had it as bad as some of the other kids.

Ways to make it better...

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

Try to open more camps.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Their willingness to help out in getting my daughter the best experience possible.

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

Open and very friendly. Very knowledgeable about the kids and what was needed for each one.

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

Make a better life for a LOT of kids!

Ways to make it better...

closer to home or transportation closer to home offered.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The location and limitation of how many kids can go.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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