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Meet Colleen


The chance to stand on her own two feet.

That's what attending Camp Baker has given Colleen.

Wheelchair bound, when Colleen, 28, returned home from overnight camp last summer, she was better able to stand briefly and pivot on own.

_RSP4341For her mom Missey, it was "the most wonderful thing," adding that it was just one example of how well the counselors encouraged and nurtured her daughter's abilities.

"Colleen is so used to us as her sole caretakers; being with others just opens up her world. They read to her, talked with her, and were absolutely far more patient than I am at 3 a.m., " Missey said, noting that one of her daughter’s challenges is being able to sleep.

In fact, Missey describes Colleen’s entire overnight camp experience with activities like a talent show, swimming, canoeing, and arts and crafts, as "expanding" and "exhilarating.”

"For us, this has been a Godsend."