Georgia Magazine - July 2017 - 16

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'I can't walk,

but at Camp Twin
Lakes, I can fly!'
COURTESY CAMP TWIN LAKES

A camp for
many needs

COURTESY CAMP TWIN LAKES

COURTESY CAMP TWIN LAKES

BY LAURA RAINES

ampers bring extra
challenges to Camp Twin
Lakes, a roughly 400-acre
camp in Rutledge. Some kids are
battling life-threatening illnesses like
cancer and heart defects. Others suffer from chronic conditions such as
hemophilia and Crohn's disease.
Camp Twin Lakes allows them
to play, make friends, forget hospitals
and limitations and just be happy
campers.
"How can one place change
your life?" asks Madison Ice, a 12thgrader at Archer High School near
Lawrenceville. "It just does."
Diagnosed with leukemia at age
4, she underwent extensive chemotherapy. In 2006, at age 7, she was
finally able to go to Camp Sunshine,
a camp for kids with cancer, hosted
at Camp Twin Lakes.
"I was super-excited and very
nervous. I wanted to meet new
people, but I was afraid to leave my
mom," she says. "It was weird, but I
felt right at home from day one. The
kids knew everything about what
I'd been through. You'd mention a
treatment, and they'd say, 'Holy cow,
I know how that feels.' And when
you're 7 and you meet a 30-year-old
counselor who is a cancer survivor,
you know there's hope."
She loved the campfires,

Top: Mary takes a turn on the zip line while attending Camp No Limb-itations at
Camp Twin Lakes' Will-A-Way campus in Winder. Above: Counselor Anna Teague
helps camper Ethan attempt a bull's-eye as part of the archery program at Camp
Sunshine, a camp for kids with cancer.
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Camper Angel and counselor Meredith Allison take a
dip in the pool at Camp Sunshine. Adaptations such
as zero-entry and aquatic wheelchairs make pools
accessible to campers of all abilities.

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