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Camp for burn victims helps build confidence

Posted May 21, 2011 10:38 p.m. EDT
Updated May 21, 2011 10:48 p.m. EDT

— Dozens of children who have survived burn injuries gathered at a camp in Wake Forest this weekend to share stories, make friends and have fun.

Camp Celebrate was founded by the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center at University of North Carolina's hospital nearly 30 years ago to help children ages 7 to 15 build confidence after suffering burn injuries. This year it was held at Camp Kanata in Wake Forest.

Blake Tedder is a counselor at the camp and a burn victim. 

"A lot of these kids are holding some deep stuff," he said. "They see a lot of people who have the same stuff going on and they just get to let loose."

Campers Carrie Anderson and Hailey Mann were participating in a beanbag battle on Saturday.

"It's very fun," Mann said.

"It helps you to know you're not the only one that's been burned," Anderson said.

Counselor and burn victim Terrell Watkins said it's important for people who have suffered from burn injuries to know they're not alone.

"To see other people who were in a similar situation (and) able to continue to interact and continue to have fun" is the reason Watkins said he returns year after year.