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Camp Cavett Where the Disease Does Not Define You

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KINGSTON -- You may see Alayna Rhodes and think she's just a normal 14 year old teenager, but her life the last several months has been anything but normal.

"This year actually 2 months ago I had what's call a esophagus leak because of a surgery when I was four. The sucher, my body kind of rejected it and it rejected it outwards which if I wouldn't have had my surgery, I would have died but I'm here. I'm good," says Alayna who is smiling.

She had a visit from Danny Cavett while in the hospital who told her about Camp Cavett.

"Someone said, what would be your dream, I said my dream would be to put all these different medical disciplines together into one camp so the cancer kid can learn from the cystic fibrosis kid learned from the sickle cell kid and they all learn from each other," says Cavett who is the camp's founder.

And his dream came true. Now Alayna and 192 other children get to experience the camp of a lifetime.

"Its a week where you don't have to worry about your illnesses and stuff and you can be free and act like a real kid and have fun," says Ty Stahlbush, who had an illness which left him crippled from the knees down.

"Who is normal anyways you know? I just feel like here your illness doesn't define you at all. You are unique and your special," says Jenny Rogers who is the camp's Executive Director.

For Alayna and so many others the camp has given them a place to come and just be kids again. Alayna says it give her hope and a purpose in life. She now wants be to a surgeon and save other lives like her surgeon saved her life.

"You know you are doing good when a kid tells you; I had one kid 15 years ago, she was going to die she said I'm not going to die yet I'm going to camp cause thats the one place that made a difference," says Cavett.

"I want to say that for anyone that feels alone and that hasn't you know ever heard of Cavett kids to just reach out to it," says Alayna.

Here is the camp's website with more information if you know someone that may benefit from this camp. The camp iscompletelyy free for those kids who attend and is made possible off people's generous donations.

http://www.cavettkids.org/