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Wedgefield, SC (WLTX)- Palmetto Health Children's Hospital and the Centers for Cancer and Blood Disorders have teamed up with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control for a week-long camp session of Camp Burnt Gin for children with bleeding disorders.

Camp Director Marie Amone said the purpose of the program is to provide the summer camp experience to children that would otherwise be unable to attend.

"It's very upbeat," said Amone.  "We sing and we dance and we figure out how to adapt the activities so every child can participate regardless of their disability."

Antwan Lloyd has been coming to Camp Burnt Gin for the last three years.  The 14-year-old said this is a place where he feels like a normal kid.

"I get teased a lot at school for having sicklecell," said Lloyd.  "I came here to get a week off from being bullied."

Amone said without this summer program, kids like Antwan wouldn't have an opportunity to make the connections that only time at summer camp can create.

"It is so important for these kids to meet other kids who are going through similar experiences," she said.  " Coming to camp gives them that opportunity to meet some new friends, but also to be independent from mom and dad."

Amone said the social skills learned at camp will help the kids coming to Camp Burnt Gin better cope with their disability. 

"I don't want to leave," said Lloyd.  "I want to stay all summer, but I can't."

For more information, go to the website for Camp Burnt Gin.

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