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MDA Summer Camp


MADISON (WKOW) -- As summer winds down, dozens of kids and adults still cherish memories of a special, summer place.

It's the Muscular Dystrophy Association's summer camp in southern Wisconsin.

Camp took place in June in Kenosha County and included children from Madison, Janesville, and other communities.

The campers have neuromuscular disease.   They find comfort being in the company of others who understand their challenges, but  bond over the joys of summer.

Whether it's tee-ball;  whether it's bowling; at camp, it can be all business.

"We play with the men, sports gets very competitive,"  counselor Emilie Baugnet said.

"We give each other a hard time, but it's never anything serious,"   camper Sam Haren said.

"The people, everyone here, it's like here, it's like family and friends."

Baugnet said MDA summer camp is more than a place where these children can shed some of the physical limitations they experience outside of camp.   It's a place to make friends and share with friends.

"They can talk about everything, and they know that people with them understand."

"You think before you come, it's going be different, you think people will have changed, right when you get in there, you start talking, it's just like we never left,"   Haren said.

"Everyone's on the same ground, pretty much, alot of people are in wheelchairs, doesn't really feel like we are."

Contributions made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association support the costs of putting on summer camp for 75 campers and all the staff.

The MDA Jerry Lewis Labor Day Telethon takes place this Monday, with a live Madison broadcast from the Marriot West, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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