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MDA summer camps start up


MADISON (WKOW) -- MDA summer camps are starting up across the nation and here in Wisconsin. This year marks the 57th annual summer camps for The Muscular Dystrophy Association. More than 4,100 youngsters with muscular dystrophy and related muscle diseases will attend weeklong summer camp sessions between now and late-August. WKOW is a proud sponsor of MDA and the annual MDA telethon.

There are 77 summer camps in all. They are funded entirely by public contributions made to MDA year-round. It costs MDA an average of $800 per camper to send a child with neuromuscular disease to camp. But, the flip side to that is that there is no cost to families for their child to attend MDA summer camp.
For children with Muscular Dystrophy, summer camps can be a welcome escape and a place to just be kids. They offer a wide variety of activities specifically designed for young people who have mobility challenges. It's long been described as the "best week of the year" by both campers and volunteers who have attended.
Nearly 5,000 volunteers throughout the country are needed to help this summer. In fact, MDA is still looking for volunteer counselors. If you're interested you must be 16 years or older. The camps are in late June, July and August. Counselors help with daily activities such as eating, bathing and dressing and with recreational activities. To volunteer at a camp, you can find out more information at the MDA website at You can also find out more information about MDA itself at
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