Welcome!

News Feed Item

Changing Children's Lives One Summer at a Time for 20 Years

American Academy of Dermatology's Camp Discovery Provides Life Changing Experiences for Children With Chronic Skin Conditions

SCHAUMBURG, IL -- (Marketwired) -- 06/20/13 -- Summer camp is a rite of passage for many children. However, for children and teens with chronic skin conditions -- conditions that make everyday life challenging, such as getting dressed, participating in social activities, fitting in with their peers -- summer camp used to be out of reach. The American Academy of Dermatology's (Academy) Camp Discovery changed all that.

For the past 20 summers, Camp Discovery has been making a difference in the lives of these children -- some of whom require extensive, daily medical treatment and supervision. By offering on-site medical care, children and teens can experience a typical summer camp, where everyone leaves with new, lifelong friends, a burst of self-confidence and the knowledge that serious skin conditions do not need to be a hindrance to learning how to horseback ride, paddle a canoe or perform in a talent show!

The Campers: Expectation and Determination
For the last three years, Henry DeAngelis has attended Camp Discovery in the hopes of making another bullseye at the archery range. Henry, age 12, has epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a severe skin condition that makes his skin extremely fragile and prone to painful blisters and open sores. Henry's skin is covered by bandages that are changed every other day, he can't stand for long periods of time and has trouble eating and swallowing. Yet to him, Camp Discovery is a place for trying new things rather than just watching.

"Being at Camp Discovery makes me feel normal, like I fit in and I can do anything I want to," said Henry, a third-grader from Des Moines, Iowa. "I tried archery, even though my hands are bandaged, I rode a horse -- which was awesome -- and I even got to go to a dance. Camp gives me opportunities to do things that I might not have been able to try on my own."

The Medical Volunteers: Learning and Giving
Since its inception in 1993, Camp Discovery also has been making a difference in the lives of the medical personnel who volunteer their time and expertise to help these children and teens enjoy a week of camp.

"Dermatologists have said time and again that their experience at Camp Discovery has changed the way they treat children and even adults with serious skin conditions in their practices," said board-certified dermatologist Dirk M. Elston, MD, FAAD, president of the Academy. "Volunteers at camp often see rare skin conditions that they wouldn't normally see in their offices. They also grasp how daily management of a skin condition really affects a child's life. As a result of the care they provide to children at Camp Discovery, they have been able to adjust treatment they provide in their offices to make daily living less challenging for patients with chronic skin diseases and their families."

In addition, medical volunteers see first-hand how serious skin conditions can affect a child or teen's self-confidence.

"Children and teens with visible skin conditions, such as epidermolysis bullosa, psoriasis, alopecia areata, or vitiligo, may feel isolated from their peers because they are self-conscious, have been teased or cannot participate in regular activities due to the limitations of their skin condition," said Camp Discovery founder, board-certified dermatologist Mark Dahl, MD, FAAD. "Camp Discovery is a place where all the campers have a skin condition, so there's no need to be embarrassed or self-conscious. We encourage the kids to wear shorts, jump in the lake and get dirty -- the things that most kids do at camp -- because no one is judging each other here. Everyone just wants to have fun."

The Counselors: Guidance and Support
Many of the Camp Discovery counselors are former campers themselves which gives them a unique opportunity to support and advise younger campers.

Allyson Taubenheim started attending Camp Discovery when she was 10. Diagnosed with vitiligo, a skin disease where large patches of skin begin to lose their color, when she was six-months-old, Allyson found Camp Discovery to be a place where no one stared at her skin or said anything hurtful about its discoloration.

"Camp Discovery was where I really learned to start loving myself and my skin," said Allyson, 24, who lives in Minneapolis. "After my last summer as a camper, I knew I could be a great role model for kids with skin disease. I can relate to their struggles and hurdles, and I can offer advice, support and wisdom. I want to give back to Camp Discovery for all it's given to me."

The 20th Anniversary: Accomplishments to Celebrate
At the beginning, Camp Discovery was a single location hosting 47 children for one week. It has now grown into a six-camp program in five different states, serving young people from all over the world. In 2012, more than 250 medical staff and volunteers helped 330 campers have positive, life-changing, summer camp experiences. And, as always, children attend camp at no cost to their families, thanks to the Academy, its members and other supporters.

"Since its inception, Camp Discovery has made a significant impact in the lives of the children and teens who look forward to returning every year, as well as in the lives of the counselors and medical staff," said Dr. Elston. "While Camp Discovery touches so many lives in so many different ways, what's most important is that at Camp Discovery no one is defined by their appearance or the needs of their condition. Everyone just has fun."

To learn more about Camp Discovery, see photos and read highlights over the past 20 years, visit www.campdiscovery.org.

Celebrating 75 years of advocating for dermatologic research and quality patient care.
The American Academy of Dermatology (Academy), founded in 1938, is the largest, most influential, and most representative of all dermatologic associations. A sister organization to the Academy, the American Academy of Dermatology Association is the resource for government affairs, health policy and practice information for dermatologists, and plays a major role in formulating policies that can enhance the quality of dermatologic care. With a membership of more than 17,000 physicians worldwide, the Academy is committed to: advancing the diagnosis and medical, surgical, and cosmetic treatment of the skin, hair and nails; advocating high standards in clinical practice, education, and research in dermatology; and supporting and enhancing patient care for a lifetime of healthier skin. For more information, contact the Academy at 1-888-462-DERM (3376) or www.aad.org. Follow the Academy on Facebook (American Academy of Dermatology) or Twitter (@AADskin).

To view this release in a media-rich format, go to: http://www.pwrnewmedia.com/2013/aad/camp_discovery/

Add to Digg Bookmark with del.icio.us Add to Newsvine

Jennifer Allyn
(847) 240-1730
Email Contact

Kara Jilek
(847) 240-1701
Email Contact

Allison Sit
(847) 240-1746
Email Contact

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
Today we can collect lots and lots of performance data. We build beautiful dashboards and even have fancy query languages to access and transform the data. Still performance data is a secret language only a couple of people understand. The more business becomes digital the more stakeholders are interested in this data including how it relates to business. Some of these people have never used a monitoring tool before. They have a question on their mind like “How is my application doing” but no id...
Personalization has long been the holy grail of marketing. Simply stated, communicate the most relevant offer to the right person and you will increase sales. To achieve this, you must understand the individual. Consequently, digital marketers developed many ways to gather and leverage customer information to deliver targeted experiences. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Lou Casal, Founder and Principal Consultant at Practicala, discussed how the Internet of Things (IoT) has accelerated our abil...
With so much going on in this space you could be forgiven for thinking you were always working with yesterday’s technologies. So much change, so quickly. What do you do if you have to build a solution from the ground up that is expected to live in the field for at least 5-10 years? This is the challenge we faced when we looked to refresh our existing 10-year-old custom hardware stack to measure the fullness of trash cans and compactors.
Extreme Computing is the ability to leverage highly performant infrastructure and software to accelerate Big Data, machine learning, HPC, and Enterprise applications. High IOPS Storage, low-latency networks, in-memory databases, GPUs and other parallel accelerators are being used to achieve faster results and help businesses make better decisions. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Michael O'Neill, Strategic Business Development at NVIDIA, focused on some of the unique ways extreme computing is...
The emerging Internet of Everything creates tremendous new opportunities for customer engagement and business model innovation. However, enterprises must overcome a number of critical challenges to bring these new solutions to market. In his session at @ThingsExpo, Michael Martin, CTO/CIO at nfrastructure, outlined these key challenges and recommended approaches for overcoming them to achieve speed and agility in the design, development and implementation of Internet of Everything solutions wi...
Cloud computing is being adopted in one form or another by 94% of enterprises today. Tens of billions of new devices are being connected to The Internet of Things. And Big Data is driving this bus. An exponential increase is expected in the amount of information being processed, managed, analyzed, and acted upon by enterprise IT. This amazing is not part of some distant future - it is happening today. One report shows a 650% increase in enterprise data by 2020. Other estimates are even higher....
With over 720 million Internet users and 40–50% CAGR, the Chinese Cloud Computing market has been booming. When talking about cloud computing, what are the Chinese users of cloud thinking about? What is the most powerful force that can push them to make the buying decision? How to tap into them? In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Yu Hao, CEO and co-founder of SpeedyCloud, answered these questions and discussed the results of SpeedyCloud’s survey.
SYS-CON Events announced today that Isomorphic Software will exhibit at DevOps Summit at 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Isomorphic Software provides the SmartClient HTML5/AJAX platform, the most advanced technology for building rich, cutting-edge enterprise web applications for desktop and mobile. SmartClient combines the productivity and performance of traditional desktop software with the simp...
Actian Corporation has announced the latest version of the Actian Vector in Hadoop (VectorH) database, generally available at the end of July. VectorH is based on the same query engine that powers Actian Vector, which recently doubled the TPC-H benchmark record for non-clustered systems at the 3000GB scale factor (see tpc.org/3323). The ability to easily ingest information from different data sources and rapidly develop queries to make better business decisions is becoming increasingly importan...
SYS-CON Events announced today that 910Telecom will exhibit at the 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Housed in the classic Denver Gas & Electric Building, 910 15th St., 910Telecom is a carrier-neutral telecom hotel located in the heart of Denver. Adjacent to CenturyLink, AT&T, and Denver Main, 910Telecom offers connectivity to all major carriers, Internet service providers, Internet backbones and ...
Kubernetes, Docker and containers are changing the world, and how companies are deploying their software and running their infrastructure. With the shift in how applications are built and deployed, new challenges must be solved. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Sebastian Scheele, co-founder of Loodse, will discuss the implications of containerized applications/infrastructures and their impact on the enterprise. In a real world example based on Kubernetes, he will show how to ...
Traditional on-premises data centers have long been the domain of modern data platforms like Apache Hadoop, meaning companies who build their business on public cloud were challenged to run Big Data processing and analytics at scale. But recent advancements in Hadoop performance, security, and most importantly cloud-native integrations, are giving organizations the ability to truly gain value from all their data. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, David Tishgart, Director of Product Marketing ...
As the world moves toward more DevOps and Microservices, application deployment to the cloud ought to become a lot simpler. The Microservices architecture, which is the basis of many new age distributed systems such as OpenStack, NetFlix and so on, is at the heart of Cloud Foundry - a complete developer-oriented Platform as a Service (PaaS) that is IaaS agnostic and supports vCloud, OpenStack and AWS. Serverless computing is revolutionizing computing. In his session at 19th Cloud Expo, Raghav...
SYS-CON Events announced today Telecom Reseller has been named “Media Sponsor” of SYS-CON's 19th International Cloud Expo, which will take place on November 1–3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, CA. Telecom Reseller reports on Unified Communications, UCaaS, BPaaS for enterprise and SMBs. They report extensively on both customer premises based solutions such as IP-PBX as well as cloud based and hosted platforms.
Aspose.Total for .NET is the most complete package of all file format APIs for .NET as offered by Aspose. It empowers developers to create, edit, render, print and convert between a wide range of popular document formats within any .NET, C#, ASP.NET and VB.NET applications. Aspose compiles all .NET APIs on a daily basis to ensure that it contains the most up to date versions of each of Aspose .NET APIs. If a new .NET API or a new version of existing APIs is released during the subscription peri...