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Boy following in mom's footsteps

Challenges no barrier to having a great time at camp

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Right now, Edward Turnbull, 11, is at Camp Arnes, and in a way he's repeating history, because his mother, Melissa Sorin, went there as a kid too.

"It's kind of a tradition, and the camp is just great," Sorin said.

Both Sorin and Edward have almost the same experiences at camp, she said, down to who serves them lunch.

"It was a big family there. And now that my son goes there, he has the same people working there from when I was a kid," she said.

Camp is a special experience for Edward, who has Asperger's Syndrome, Sorin said. His condition meant camp was a challenge they had to prepare for.

"It's a big plunge, when he went to camp for the first time," she said. It wasn't always certain Edward would make it.

"I never thought he'd be able to go... because the challenges he had day to day," she said.

Sorin admitted she was a little worried when Edward went for the first time.

"The first year he went, I don't think I slept for a week, because I was worried something would go wrong, or he wasn't going to like it," she said.

Sorin was wrong. Edward loved camp, and these days she's not as worried when she sends him off.

"This year I dropped him off on the bus and he didn't even wave. He just jumped on the bus, and I was just like, 'OK, I guess this is how it's going to be,' " she said.

The day he comes back from camp, Sorin said, Edward is full of stories and energy. That same day, he also counts down the days until he can go to camp next year.

"He has the same bag packed every year. It just stays in that suitcase all year," she said.

The Sunshine Fund is the only way Edward can go to camp, Sorin said. As a single parent and recent graduate, she wouldn't be able to send him on her own.

"If it were up to me, I would not be able to afford it," she said.

If you'd like to help, send cheques to the Winnipeg Free Press Sunshine Fund at 302-960 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB, R3G 0R4.

You can also donate in person at that address, the home of the Manitoba Camping Association, using cash, Visa or MasterCard. Or you can go to mbcamping.ca and follow the CanadaHelps donation link. Tax receipts will be issued for donations.

 

oliver.sachgau@freepress.mb.ca

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 2, 2014 A14

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