Twelve year old Rozlyn can’t name what she likes most about camp because all the activities excite her. From fishing and canoeing to swimming and out-tripping, Rozlyn has the time of her life each summer at Camp Merrywood.
She says, “You don’t have time to feel sad being away from your parents because you’re so busy and you make so many new friends!”
Kathryn and her husband Jeremy adopted Rozlyn when she was two years old with the knowledge that she had spina bifida, a birth defect involving an incomplete closing of the backbone and membranes around the spinal cord.
It didn’t take long for Rozlyn to thrive in her new surroundings, and she has since excelled in her academic pursuits. She enjoys soccer, volleyball and horseback riding. As Kathryn explains, “She knows she’s slower than the other kids, but she’s okay with that. She’s happy to be able to participate and do the things that she loves.”
Five years ago Rozlyn attended the Discovery session at Easter Seals Camp Merrywood. She enjoyed her experience there so much that she has returned each year since.
“She loves it there and looks forward to going every year,” says Kathryn. “Maybe too much! The first time she went for the 10-day session her father and I thought, ‘Wow, this is what it was like before Rozlyn.’ After seven days, we desperately wanted her back!”
“Easter Seals is such an excellent charity,” continues Kathryn. “The staff at Merrywood are so helpful and I’m impressed that such a large portion of the funds go directly into programs and services. Camp is priceless, it really is.”