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YOSEMITE RIDGE AT CAMP WAWONA INC
August 18, 2009

For the past four years I have been a Medical Staff Volunteer for Yosemite Ridge Camps. I have had the pleasure of working at all the youth camps and some of the Family Camps. All these programs offer a wonderful experience for children with life altering illnesses and their families. The beauty of Yosemite National Park provides an exceptional venue for all the camps. Here the children learn that they can lead a full and rewarding life even with their medical challenges. They can enjoy all the fun of camp activities in a safe and supportive environment. They also have an opportunity to learn about their illness and how to improve their management through classes provided by specialist as well as share their experiences with peers who have the same challenges. These camps also provide a chance for the medical staff volunteers to leave their offices and hospitals, and see these children live outside of a clinical setting. To see that severe asthmatic climb up to the top of Vernal Falls, or a chid with seizures enjoy swimming with friends after he conquered climbing the rock wall. The smiles, the laughter, the joyous shouting of success or just plain fun are priceless.

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

watching the kids succeed.

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

exceptionally motivated and truely interested in the children we serve.

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

expand it's programs to serve more children and families and maybe able to purchase its own facility.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & As a Pediatric Nurse Practioner I have been involved in providing direct medical care, medical education, and have been an assistant director of the Teen Asthma Camp.