Sunday, February 14, 2016

It's the moments that matter … part 3

By Monica Vest Wheeler
Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp Staff Volunteer

One of the best parts of being involved in Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp is witnessing everyone being themselves. Camp is the place where you can "let go" and "let your guard down" and laugh and be silly and simply be HUMAN.

Oh what a relief it is!

At our August 2015 camp in Colorado sponsored by Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, I was enjoying the beauty of the mountains and suddenly had a front row seat to watch the comic antics of stroke survivor Stacy Gupton, left, and music therapist Catie Alpeter. Those two are the queens of clowning around at Stroke Camp, and they outdid themselves this year.

My finger went trigger happy on my camera as I captured their poses and how they egged each other on. They're both creative souls — Stacy an amazing artist and Catie an incredible music therapist — and I certainly can understand the need to just act crazy once in a while … well, as often as I can … :-)

What was most beautiful to witness was how these two young friends played and laughed. And nothing was stopping Stacy, who has limited use of her left side from the stroke, from accepting any challenge Catie issued.

This is just one of many, many examples of why Stroke Camp is so important in the lives of our campers AND volunteers. The short video includes several photos from one of many moments that matter. It's all about laughter, love and friendship … at every camp, in every life …

And I know Catie and Stacy will understand why their moment needs to be shared … because it's so darn beautiful, just like both of them …

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