Texas Lions Camp: No More Walls

Today’s post is written by Trish Wilson, Development Director at the Texas Lions Camp.

William James said – “Act as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.”

Children between the ages of 7 and 16 with qualifying physical disabilities, children between ages 8 and 15 with Type-1 Diabetes, and children between the ages of 12 and 16 with Down syndrome are able to attend Texas Lions Camp located in Kerrville, Texas at no cost to them or their family, because people like you act on their behalf and pay the bill. The Texas Lions Camp provides the programs and facilities that enable these children to ride horses even though they live their days in a wheelchair; to paint and do crafts though blind and unable to see their masterpiece; to shoot archery with their feet because they were born without hands; and so much more.

One Girl’s Story

One young girl, born both blind and deaf, approached a climbing wall in the middle of the camp. The 30-foot vertical wall stood in front of a girl who was unable to see its ominous height and staggered footholds or to recognize the great task that she was about to undertake. The team leaders geared her in her harness and climbing ropes, then strapped a safety helmet to her head. Normally, they would give instruction from the ground to a camper as they climbed the wall, but this camper faced more obstacles than just the wall. How do you tell someone who cannot hear you where to place her foot?

One of the counselors climbed with this camper, moving from one side of the wall to the other, guiding her hand and foot on the left side to new holds, then switching to the right side.  The beautiful ballet continued to the climax of reaching the top of the 30 foot obstacle.  At the top, a lone cow bell waited to herald to all who could hear it, “Someone has climbed the Wall!”

Cheers and screams of excitement came from those watching below as this victorious camper and her climbing partner descended gracefully to the ground. At the bottom, the deaf and blind camper reached out to find her counselor and, after hugging her, signed in the counselor’s hand: “No more walls. I have no more walls in my life. Thank you.”

How You Can Help

The Lions of Texas have provided a place where young people who struggle in the world to be seen, heard and to contribute to those around them, have a place where they can do what they’ve never done in order to become who they are meant to be. We invite you to be a part of that.  If you know a child who can benefit from the Texas Lions Camp program, give his or her name to a Lion or visit our website: www.lionscamp.com. If you want to be a person who acts to make a difference, become a Lion in your town or where there is a club near you. For more information on how to personally get involved or to donate to the Texas Lions Camp, visit our website today!

You can be a person of action, right here and right now.  Commit that you no longer look just down or up, but straight ahead and into the eyes of someone who needs you to act. The choice is yours. No one can make it for you. 

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