Adventure Amputee Camp brings children who've had amputations together for fun-filled summer activities in North Carolina.
The Nantahala Outdoor Center is host this week to amputee kids who came from all over for a rafting trip down the Nantahala River. The center has a 23-year partnership with the Adventure Amputee Camp.
“It's kind of nice to be able to talk to people who would understand, like, what you've been through growing up and dealing with the challenges of being an amputee,” participant Troi Stubblefield said.
“The first time I came to, came to the camp for the first time, that was the first time I ever met other kids with amputations,” fellow participant Lily Silverstein said. “So, it's just really neat to meet different people and see how that's affected them.”
Adventure Amputee Camp officials said Nantahala Outdoor Center works with them to make adaptations to its equipment so activities like rafting, zip-lining, cycling and even scuba diving are more accessible to amputees.
“Our goal is always teaching them that, hey, you can do everything that you want to do. You can do things you never thought about doing. Just give yourself a chance,” camp director Karen Hall said.
Affiliate WLOS contributed to this story.