New Orleans, LA, August 20, 2014
Thanks to generous donations from Jazz On The Bayou, The J. Edgar Monroe Foundation, the RIMS Organization, The Emerald Society of New Orleans, and RapJab we were able to send seven children and young adults from Louisiana to Camp ASCCA, an overnight camp in Alabama for those with special needs. Austin, Kalynn, Louis, Lydia, Scott, Brian and Katie were able to partake in raft rides, ziplining, archery lessons, horse back riding, a talent show and even a prom duing their week-long stays at camp.
Through sessions at Camp ASCCA it is our goal to provide a healthier, happier, longer, and more productive life for children and adults of all abilities. Easter Seals camps provide the same excitement and activity available at other summer camp programs. The difference? Easter Seals campers experience the joys and challenges of camp in a fully-accessible setting suited to their specific needs. Our campers return home with a renewed sense of independence, rennewed confidence in their abilities and athletic and emotional growth.
Betsy Swenson, Scott's mom, wrote a heartwarming article for the Slidell Independent about dropping her son off for his second year at Camp ASCCA. In it she said "as we pulled up to camp, Scott caught sight of familiar faces, counselors from last year. His face lit up, and he was practically gleeful when he heard them all shouting his name. He couldn’t get out of the car fast enough."