Free camp offers hope, support for children whose lives are touched by ALS

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ST. PAUL, Ind. -- Some central Indiana children went to camp for free this summer.

All have one thing in common: their lives have been affected by ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis).

Hope Loves Company offers the camp, which provides emotional and educational support to children who are living with ALS or have lost someone to it. The camp at Flat Rock River YMCA gave them the opportunity to meet others going through the same thing.

“Your life is very different, so if you don’t have the opportunity to connect with someone else, you feel isolated,” said Jodi O’Donnell-Ames, the group’s founder. “So, part of that resource is just really uniting kids and letting them know that there are other kids in the United States that are just like them.”

This is the third year for the camp, and it was a record-breaking one. More than 30 children attended from June 16 through June 23.

Hope Loves Company says it’s the only nonprofit in the country supporting children affected by ALS. You can learn more about the group here.

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