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Kids Affected by MS Connect at Annual Kids’ Camp

For many children who have a close family member with multiple sclerosis, expressing themselves without feeling selfish or guilty can be difficult. To address their need for support, the National MS Society North Florida Chapter is holding Kids’ Camp at YMCA Camp Immokalee in Keystone Heights, Fla. from April 29 – May 1.

More than 100 kids ages 7-13 who have a family member with MS are registered to enjoy this free program. The campers will spend the weekend making new friends from across Florida who understand their daily challenges while engaging in recreational activities on more than 100 acres of wildlife. Kids will also enjoy educational activities such as the MS Experience, which simulates what it can be like to have multiple sclerosis.

In addition to peer support, the camp offers professional counseling through educational sessions led by licensed mental health counselors. Counselors will empower campers by teaching them positive strategies to overcome feelings of stress and isolation that are often common to children with family members living with MS.

This year the Society is partnering with Angel Flight, a non-profit volunteer pilot group which will provide free flight transportation to Camp Immokalee to children living outside of the area.

The National MS Society North Florida Chapter offers programs like these year-round to the18,000 individuals affected by MS in North Florida. Funds raised by annual events such as Mud Run MS, Walk MS and Bike MS contribute to National MS Society research and programs and services.

To find out more about the National MS Society North Florida Chapter visit nationalMSsociety.org/fln.

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