What is Spina Bifida?
Spina bifida, the most common neural tube defect, is one of the most devastating of all birth defects. It affects approximately one out of every 1,000 newborns in the United States. It results from the failure of the spine to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. In severe cases, the spinal cord protrudes through the back and may be covered by skin or a thin membrane. Surgery to close a newborn’s back is generally performed within 24 hours after birth to minimize the risk of infection and to preserve existing function in the spinal cord.
Because of the paralysis resulting from the damage to the spinal cord, people born with spina bifida may need surgeries and other extensive medical care. The condition can also cause bowel and bladder complications. A large percentage of children born with spina bifida also have hydrocephalus, the accumulation of fluid in the brain. Hydrocephalus is controlled by a surgical procedure called “shunting” which relieves the fluid build-up in the brain by redirecting it into the abdominal area. Most children born with spina bifida live well into adulthood because of today’s sophisticated medical techniques.
Children with spina bifida need to learn mobility skills, and often with the use of crutches, braces, or wheelchairs can achieve more independence. Also, with new techniques children can become independent in managing their bowel and bladder problems. Physical disabilities like spina bifida can have profound effects on the child’s emotional and social development. To promote personal growth, they should encourage children to be independent, to participate in activities with their peers and to assume responsibility for their own care.
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Camp Spifida welcomes donations to assist with camp medical supplies, insurance expenses and camp tuition.
Our goal is to provide a typical camping experience, allowing for health and physical limitations, with emphasis on positive self-image, independence and self-assurance in all campers.
It currently costs approximately $700.00 per camper for a week of memories that will last a lifetime! We are asking you / your company to make a tax deductible donation to help support Camp Spifida.
Please consider making a tax deductible donation to Camp Spifida. In return you will receive a Camp Spifida Memory Maker full of pictures from past camps along with a donor listing of all of our FRIENDS, BEST FRIENDS, GUARDIAN ANGELS, and HEROES.
Thank You for your consideration,
Camp Spifida PR / Fundraising Co.
Camp Spifida is a 501 © 3 non profit corporation
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