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20130208 LionsCamp Wall 5936One of the greatest things that can happen to a child with disabilities, or who has Type I diabetes, is to be able to go to camp and do the things a child without disabilities or diabetes can do. Many camps for children will not accept children with these problems and are not equipped to handle their special needs. But the Texas Lions Camp is different.

To help raise funds for the Texas Lions Camp there will be a benefit concert performed Feb. 15 at Trinity Worship Center in Pharr at 7 p.m. The Rio Grande Valley Concert Band will play, and the Men- of-A-Chord will perform a 45-minute program.

Texas Lions Camp, located in Kerrville, Texas is not your typical summer camp. It is the place where children with all kinds of disabilities, including blindness, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, muscular dystrophy, Type I diabetes and cancer, discover they can do things they never thought they could do.

As the mother of a daughter who developed Type I diabetes at the age of 10, I realize how much this camp can mean to children. One of the biggest realizations each child makes is that he or she is not the only child who faces this problem.

My daughter came home awed by the question of the counselor who said, “How many of you have diabetes?”

When every child in her group raised their hand, it brought new awareness that there were others who had the same problem. Like most of the children in her group, my daughter was the only one in her school who had Type I diabetes and few people understood the problems she faced daily.

She went to Texas Lions Camp twice. The first time was the year she was diagnosed as her doctor recommended she go as soon as possible. The second time was when she was a teenager and faced different problems from those she faced as a child. The friendships she made at that camp followed for years.

The week she was there as a teenager, there were deaf teenagers in the camp as well. The leaders encouraged the groups to mingle, and she soon learned the deaf alphabet so she could communicate with the deaf teens. The skill helped her in her first job with a deaf customer. She was the only one who could really communicate with him, and he soon learned to ask for her.

The positive things my daughter learned from attending these camps can be multiplied by the thousands of children served through the years. The Texas Lions Camp is an enormous help to these children.

Tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the Progress Times, 1217 N. Conway in Mission, the Mission Chamber of Commerce at 220 W. Tom Landry Street, Tropic Star RV Resort at 1401 S. Cage in Pharr, or Winter Ranch RV Resort at FM 495 and Tower Road in Alamo. For more information, call the Progress Times at 956-585-4893.

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