A camp in Chapel Hill is providing young stroke patients with much needed therapy while having some fun.
The Helping Kids with Hemiplegia Summer Camp is for children ages three to ten who have suffered a stroke. Some of the children at the camp had their strokes before they were even born.
For those children who suffered pre-birth strokes tend to use an arm on one side of their body less than the other. At the camp, the kids wear casts on the "good" limb so they can strengthen their weaker limb.
"I think the camp model has allowed many of these kids to find friends, people who are just like them. Some of these kids come from areas where there's not another child with hemiplegia in their classroom or school," said Holly Holland, N.C. Children's Hospital pediatric occupational therapist and camp founder and director.
Similar programs can cost thousands of dollars, but the Helping Kids with Hemiplegia Summer Camp is free to the kids because of donations and grants.