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Camp Rise Above gives children at MUSC camp experience

A one-day event at MUSC let children there at the hospital experience what parents and hospital workers described as “awesome.”

Camp Rise Above was at the hospital Wednesday, and with the nonprofit came their pop-up camp experience.

“It’s unexplainable how awesome this is, that they can come and have fun and not just have to sit in the room and watch a movie or something,” said parent Zack Ilgenfritz.

Camp Rise Above’s Kaitlin Fitzgerald said the program is all about getting the children to forget about the things they are dealing with, even if just for a small amount of time.

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Fitzgerald is the coordinator of development and programs at Camp Rise Above. She said a lot goes in to removing the hospital environment.

“It’s just such a gift to them and their families,” she said.

This time of year it’s just a reprieve from a hospital room, but come summertime, it’s a full-blown camp for two days of kids being kids, despite what anyone else says.

Each summer Camp Rise Above hosts two day camps at James Island County Park for kids with things like asthma, epilepsy and event heart disease.

ABC News 4’s Dave Williams has more on this story in the video above.

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