Camp No Limits is a non-profit organization 501 (c)(3) providing camps for children with limb loss, and education, mentorship, and support to these children and their families.
The Camp No Limits dream all started with a little 2 1/2 year old boy named Nicholas who had a big smile, a spark in his eye, and who was missing three limbs. I was working at a private pediatric therapy clinic in Maine and Nicholas was my first patient with limb loss. Throughout his therapy he constantly amazed me with his determination and his willingness to try anything that was asked of him.
Hanger Prosthetics and Orthotics constructed Nicholas' first prosthetics and together with his prosthetist Scott Hebert and myself he began using his prosthetics to his full potential. He took his first steps at age 3, was more than thrilled when he was able to feed himself with a spoon and wash his face with his body powered prosthesis. He amazed us all when he wrote his name for the first time with the most beautiful handwriting around! I became determined to make sure that this boy never lost his drive to succeed, and to ensure that he never had limits imposed on his potential.
In 2004, while brainstorming how to motivate others with limb loss to reach their potential, Bambi Lombardi (Otto Bock Health Care) a fellow OT suggested a camp to educate children AND their families in the importance of physical and occupational therapy, adaptations, prosthetic options, and peer support. Research revealed that no such camp existed, and my mission was born. From the first weekend camp in August 2004, hosted by Pine Tree Camp in Rome, Maine with 4 families, Camp No Limits began to take shape. Now after a snowball effect the dream has now expanded nationwide with camps in Maine, Missouri, Maryland, Florida, Idaho, Arizona, Texas, California, and Conneticut. We also have Camp sNOw in the winter in Maine. We partner with Maine Adaptive Sports and Recreation (www.maineadaptive.org).