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January 3, 2009

Our son Nicholas, 15 yrs, has attended Camp Odayin the past three years. We were very lucky that his 6th grade teacher, Laura Prekker, was a summer camp counselor and gave us the application so Nick could attend camp. We were so excited and relieved that Nick could attend and we wouldn't have to worry if we could afford to send him. It was free! If you ask Nick what the highlight of his summer was, he will say with a smile on his face "Heart Camp"! He made friends, tried new experiences, and now realizes that he isn't the only one with chest scars and a pacemaker. This was an enormous help this year because Nick knew that he would be having another open heart surgery in Dec. to replace his homograph pulmonary valve. Nick has chosen not to share is heart disease with classmates and you really can't tell he has a disability if he doesn't take his shirt off. Spending a week each summer with kids with similiar disablilities and kids that are healing from recent surgeries has given Nick courage and confidence. While he is away at camp, we do not worry. He is under excellent cardiac care. The Doctors, Nurses, Counselors and Volunteers are professional, knowlegeable, and caring. We feel truly blessed that Nick can attend Camp Odayin each year without bringing finacial hardship on our family because of non-profit donations. Please consider donating to this wonderful organization. Sincerely, Shawn and Patty VanLiew

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

the joy in my son's eyes and the stories he shares of the wonderful times and the friendships he made in the week of camp.

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

Their willingness to share in pictures online so that I can see the fun my son is having and the

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

professional,knowlegable,caring, and so much fun!

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

give every child with a heart disease a special week at camp that they may never have heard of or been able to afford.

Ways to make it better...

it was a wonderful experience for our son. We feel truly blessed!

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

Not having the funds or space to send all children with heart disease.

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

Camp Odayin has brought our son joy and our family happiness.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Client Served & Our son attended summer camp.