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At Camp Wekandu, campers don’t have to worry about being different. Activities are adapted so everyone can take part and can include:
Staff for Camp Wekandu includes a full-time camp director, program specialists, summer cabin counselors and auxiliary staff. The counselors are selected from experienced college-age and older individuals with a special interest in working with children with arthritis.
A pediatric rheumatologist, physical therapist or occupational therapist from the Rheumatology Division at Cincinnati Children’s and a camp nurse are at camp 24 hours a day. The physical therapist or occupational therapist provides group exercises, supervision of individual therapy programs and instruction in independent daily living activities.
To help the campers understand and deal with health-related problems more effectively, additional members of the rheumatology staff visit the camp daily to offer medical advice and hold group educational sessions. Rheumatology staff will meet with campers’ parents on the first day of camp to review medical orders. Camp personnel will adhere to all medical orders and activity recommendations sent by the camper’s physician.
Camp Wekandu helps Katherine break free of the binds of juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).
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