MT. GILEAD, OH (WCMH) — Flying Horse Farms, in many ways, is a camp like any other, with canoeing, a ropes course, archery and more. But unlike other camps, this is a magical place where kids with serious illnesses can just be kids.
The camp opened its doors in 2010 and has since welcomed campers in more than 100 camp sessions. Children at the camp are living with a range of illnesses including cancer, heart conditions, rheumatoid arthritis, blood disorders, asthma, gastrointestinal disorders and facial anomalies.
“We’ve built equity with all of our 8 hospital partnerships here in Ohio and in Pittsburgh to say we can help the whole family feel respite and have that sense of trust and to have relief again,” said Nichole Dunn, President and CEO of Flying Horse Farms.
At camp, treatment comes to the kids as not to take away from their experience.
“Yes, we can heal the body physically with medications and surgeries and things like that. But the spirit part and the mind part has to be healed as well. And I think that’s the opportunity that we’re giving here,” said Dr. Barbara Galantowicz, who serves as medical director.
And through their experience, campers are experiencing life-changing moments of sheer joy and connecting with other kids just like them.
“It really taught me to get out of my shell and not really care about what people think of me,” said Adam Mastropieri, a ranger at Flying Horse Farms.
To learn more about Flying Horse Farms visit https://flyinghorsefarms.org/.