I started this blog as a place to share encouragement about living simply and with minimal possessions, about freeing up time and money to invest in experiences and relationships.
When the opportunity comes along to use this space to promote a cause or an organization I believe in, or to tell stories that will encourage others to give generously toward a worthy mission, I am all in. So when I was approached to share about the mission and vision behind Victory Junction, it was a no brainer: of course I can make space on my blog for this camp and one family’s story.
Since having Selah, I’ve come to understand just how difficult it is to get away on a vacation with kids. There are the added expenses of traveling with a child, the extra stuff (so much stuff!) that needs to get packed, and the routines that get disrupted while away.
Families with children who have special needs or chronic medical conditions face significantly greater complications and challenges when it comes to vacationing. Will they be able to pack and travel with the necessary medical supplies? Will the child be able to safely participate in activities?
Victory Junction provides an answer to these questions and a solution for families who want to get away together but face daunting medical challenges in doing so.
Victory Junction is a year-round camping facility located in Randleman, North Carolina, whose mission is to enrich the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camp experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering—all in a medically safe environment and at no cost to the camper or the camper’s family.
At Victory Junction, kids have the opportunity to be kids by playing, exploring, dreaming, imagining, making friends, and enjoying adventures.
Camp is available for children ages 6 through 16, and since opening in 2004, Victory Junction has served more than 23,000 campers and their family members. The camp experience provides a welcome break for children who spend much of their time visiting hospitals or undergoing medical treatments.
It sounds like an incredible experience, but there’s no one who can tell about the truly life-changing experience this camp is better than a child who has experienced the magic of camp for herself. Here is Hannah’s story.
I can’t imagine the challenges of growing up with spina bifida, nor the challenges of raising a child with this condition. What a gift it must be to Hannah’s parents to be able to trust that their daughter and all her medical needs could be left in such loving, caring, well-trained hands, and what a gift for Hannah to be able to build her independence and have some fun at camp, both with and without her family.
Here’s where you come in: If you’d like to help provide this magical experience for a child facing special needs, you can do so by becoming a Dream Maker. To learn more about how you can become a Dream Maker, click here!
Thanks for taking the time to learn about this incredible camp and support its mission!