Camp Oasis is a summer camp put on by the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America for kids living with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis. Check out this video (even just the first few minutes of it). They asked kids at Camp Oasis one question: If there was a pill that made your IBD go away, would you take it?
I was struck by the number of kids who said “No.” But, one of the main reasons they wouldn’t take it is because they wanted to continue to go to Camp Oasis. This camp is truly an oasis for these kids to escape to every summer and just enjoy being a kid surrounded by others who understand what they’re going through.
The second most popular reason for not wanting to take a magic pill was that they felt Crohn’s or colitis made them who they are and has made them a stronger person because of everything they’ve gone through. Their courage, strength, and perseverance are inspiring. We can all learn a lot from them.
When I was first diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, I probably would’ve given anything to take a magic pill and just feel “normal.” But, now that I’m older and wiser (well, kind of) I understand the sentiment of these kids feeling like their disease doesn’t make them weird or strange, but makes them unique and is part of what makes them who they are.
These kids are why I’m participating in Team Challenge. The funds that I’m raising will support the continuation of this camp as well as other vital services for individuals battling these diseases every day.
I wrote about my ‘happy place’ awhile back. I think Camp Oasis is a ‘happy place’ for a lot of these kids, and they deserve that. Will you please help send a kid to camp and support CCFA? Even a little bit can go a long way to helping a child have the opportunity to run around in the sun with their friends and just be a kid for awhile.