Inspiring Stories — 01 March 2013
Courageous Amputee Kids Have No Limits!

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Camp No Limits: The incredibly courageous children having just as much adrenalin-fueled fun this summer despite the loss of their limbs

Amputee kids prove there are no limits to action-packed adventure at an adrenalin-fuelled summer camp

Whether they are shooting down a zip-line, swinging from monkey bars or jumping in a pool these children only have one leg, or no legs – yet each can enjoy a summer camp just as exciting as able bodied children.

Camp No Limits at Big Bear Lake, California was founded by occupational therapist Mary Leighton after she worked with a three-year-old boy born with no limbs.

 

Never Limit Your Life Created By Derek Clark Motivational SpeakerNo limits: Joshua ‘JJ’ Miller, 4, gets suited up with his friend Everest, also 4, before flying down a zip line at Camp No Limits in Big Bear Lake, California

 

Climbing: With a prosthetic leg, Kristen Lusk, 13, tackles the high ropes like any other able-bodied teenager

Climbing: With a prosthetic leg, Kristen Lusk, 13, tackles the high ropes like any other able-bodied teenager

 

Jumping: Children, including 7-year-old Ezra who has a prosthetic leg, jump through coloured hoops at the camp founded by an occupational therapist

Jumping: Children, including 7-year-old Ezra who has a prosthetic leg, jump through coloured hoops at the camp founded by an occupational therapist
Possibilities: Everest raises a hand in the air while riding a zip line at the camp that works to expose the children to anything and everything they would like to try
Possibilities: Everest raises a hand in the air while riding a zip line at the camp that works to expose the children to anything and everything they would like to try

‘I wanted him to know there wasn’t anything he wouldn’t be able to do,’ said Mary.

‘We want to expose children to anything and everything they might like to try.

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‘Parents can freak out when considering the problems their child is going to face.

‘But when they come to the camp and see other children and our adult amputee volunteers living independently and enjoying their lives to the fullest they are greatly relieved.

No limits: Kristen is seen still climbing on after scaling a tree and then continuing on across a rope bridge
No limits: Kristen is seen still climbing on after scaling a tree and then continuing on across a rope bridge

 

One team: The camp shows both children and their parents that they are capable of the same games and sports activities as other children

One team: The camp shows both children and their parents that they are capable of the same games and sports activities as other children

 

Community: Two boys take a walk together in an environment that mixes amputee children with adult amputee volunteers

Community: Two boys take a walk together in an environment that mixes amputee children with adult amputee volunteers

 

Strides: The eldest boy reaches for the younger one's hand as they take steps together through the camp

Strides: The eldest boy reaches for the younger one’s hand as they take steps together through the camp

 

Swim team: Cameron Clapp, 26, of Santa Maria enjoys the pool as much as anyone else despite being without three limbs
Swim team: Cameron Clapp, 26, of Santa Maria enjoys the pool as much as anyone else despite being without three limbs

 

Positive reinforcement: Michael St. Onge, who often calls himself 'Stumpy,' lost all four of his limbs from gangreen at the age 35 but keeps a positive spin on life, as encouraged to the children

Positive reinforcement: Michael St. Onge, who often calls himself ‘Stumpy,’ lost all four of his limbs from gangreen at the age 35 but keeps a positive spin on life, as encouraged to the children

 

‘We provide a support group for them, their amputee children and the siblings.’

Since it was founded in 2004 Camp No Limit now provides activities across six US states for up to 85 people from 28 families per camp. As well as adventure activities workshops on music, arts and crafts and camp craft are provided.

Mary’s husband, Michael was born without legs due to a genetic condition and after the couple’s son, Joshua, now four-years-old was also born without legs, they were determined not to let Joshua miss out on childhood experiences his able bodied friends enjoy.

Overcoming: Two girls, one an amputee, are seen climbing a 40-ft high 'Jacob's Ladder'

Overcoming: Two girls, one an amputee, are seen climbing a 40-ft high ‘Jacob’s Ladder’

 

Keeping up: Keegan, 13, Sydney 9, and Ezra, 7, run across a field together, with Ezra, right, just a few feet ahead of the trio

Keeping up: Keegan, 13, Sydney 9, and Ezra, 7, run across a field together, with Ezra, right, just a few feet ahead of the trio

 

Stretching it out: Ezra stretches himself across a custom running prosthetic before a game of soccer

Stretching it out: Ezra stretches himself across a custom running prosthetic before a game of soccer

 

Leader: Cameron Clapp of Santa Maria leads an exercise class on a field, getting his group to stretch it out through his example
Leader: Cameron Clapp of Santa Maria leads an exercise class on a field, getting his group to stretch it out through his example

 

Lending a hand: Mary Leighton gives 4-year-old Joshua Miller, a double-amputee, a piggy-back ride as they watch the camp's surrounding activities

Lending a hand: Mary Leighton gives 4-year-old Joshua Miller, a double-amputee, a piggy-back ride as they watch the camp’s surrounding activities

 

Together: Since it was founded in 2004 the camp provides activities across six U.S. states for up to 85 people from 28 families per camp

Together: Since it was founded in 2004 the camp provides activities across six U.S. states for up to 85 people from 28 families per camp

 

‘I love to do the sports and outdoor activities offered here with my son,’ said Michal.

‘We will do it all, maybe not in the same way as able-bodied people, but we can do anything and have that sense of achievement that goes with it.

‘Laura and I don’t want Josh to focus on his disability, but on his abilities.’

By Daily Mail Reporter

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