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CAMP OPEN ARMS: One-of-a- kind camp for one-of-a-kind friends

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Two 11 year old girls giggled and chatted while wearing matching tee shirts. They just met but seem like life-time friends, which is the aim of ‘Camp Open Arms’. The two girls, Sophia and Madelyn both have limb disorders. They are drawn to one another because they can truly understand one another. Camp Open Arms is a program created by University of Maryland School of Medicine pediatric orthopedist Dr. Joshua Abzug, who works with patients with limb differences.

Dr. Abzug launched the camp three summers ago and each year it has grown. It’s a place where children with limb differences such as brachial plexus birth palsy and congenital/traumatic deformities experience a carefree camp experience.

The camp has a variety of activities for children, including hiking, water balloon fights, arts and crafts, and visits from local musicians, entertainers, and zoo animals. Camp Open Arms is not only a place of acceptance and happiness for children with limb differences, but also for their parents and loved ones, who build camaraderie and hope together.

Camp Open Arms is made possible through generous donors and volunteers. In November 2016, the Deputies of the Cecil County Sheriff's Office exceeded their goal of raising $15,000 for Camp Open Arms during No-Shave November 2016.

Sinclair Broadcast Group is also one of Camp Open Arms Sponsors.

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