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Camp Horizon gives unique opportunity to children with physical disabilities

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LOOKOUT MOUNTAIN, GA (WRCB) -

Dozens of children are training to be superheroes this weekend. It's called Camp Horizon and it's for Children's Hospital at Erlanger patients who have physical disabilities.

For some campers, this is their first time away from home as they explore the outdoors.

"We just learned different fighting things and got to chop boards and stuff," Laura Ann Risley, a camper said.

The 12-year-old said learning karate was one of her favorite parts this year.

It was started by a physical therapist from Children's Hospital at Erlanger twelve years ago. Lindsey Sharpe said she wanted to give children with physical challenges the chance to know what it's like to go camping.

"Just being able to see the smiles on the kids' faces, getting them the opportunity to do things they've never done before, it's pretty awesome," Lindsey Sharpe, Camp Horizon's director said.

From singing songs to doing group activities like karate, Sharpe said it's a very rewarding experience.

She told Channel 3 campers come up at no cost and have their own counselors, which are either physical therapy or occupational therapy students from UTC. Children's therapists from Erlanger are also helping out while the kids are there for the weekend.

For campers, they said Camp Horizon is very meaningful to them.

"I think it's fun to see like other people who have different things and just know you're not the only one that has this," Risley said.

The camp's director said the camp has grown since it first started twelve years ago. They started out with about a dozen campers and this year had around 40.

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