Hanger, Inc. donated $100,000 to establish the 2014-2015 Hanger Kids Scholarship to Camp No Limits, a non-profit camp for children with limb loss or limb difference to receive education, mentorship, and support. For 2016 and 2017, scholarships were funded by grants from the Hanger Charitable Foundation.
Distributed into $1,000 scholarships, each award will cover the cost of attendance, lodging, meals, and included activities for pediatric amputees and an accompanying parent or guardian at any of the Camp No Limits camps available nationwide.
“Over the past 10 years, through their volunteerism with Camp No Limits, our employees have witnessed the incredible benefit this special camp provides for children with limb loss or limb difference and their families. Camp No Limits founder Mary Leighton and her team have developed a truly exceptional experience. We are delighted to support their efforts and are happy this scholarship will help even more children and their families get to camp.”
- Vinit Asar, Hanger, Inc. President and CEO
The first Hanger Kids Scholarship to Camp No Limits was awarded to 10-year-old Deven Jackson from Shermans Dale, Pennsylvania. In August 2012, Deven lost both legs below the knees to meningococcal meningitis at the age of 8. Before his illness, Deven played football, baseball, and soccer so returning to a very active lifestyle is important to Deven and his parents David and Michelle Jackson. As the first Hanger Kids Scholarship recipient, Deven attended the Camp No Limits camp in Florida in January 2014. He achieved his goal of running for the first time since losing both legs and commented that he loved to feel the wind in his face.
“Deven walked away with such a confidence, more determination, and some great new friends. As parents, we walked away knowing Deven is going to accomplish everything and anything he wants to,” said Deven’s mom Michelle.
“In just several days of camp, we see children who once hid their residual limbs now wearing shorts, comparing prosthetic devices, riding bikes for the first time, and enjoying life uninhibited as all children should. It’s the power and comfort of engaging with someone who is like you, who understands you. We are so thankful Hanger values Camp No Limits and is supporting us with such a generous donation and scholarship offering.”
- Mary Leighton, OT, Camp No Limits Founder and Director