PARK CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Summer time means summer camp for many kids, but for children and teens with arthritis, camp can be painful.
That’s where Camp KODA comes in to address the problem. KODA stands for kids out to defeat arthritis.
Campers and staff were in Park City this week for the second annual Camp KODA. This year, the National Ability Center’s camp doubled in size from last year.
The specialized camp gives kids between 8 and 17 the opportunity to enjoy popular summer camp activities like horseback riding and archery alongside peers that experience the same pains they do.
“Similar to osteoarthritis which we are more familiar with I think with adults and elderly who have arthritis. They have pain in their joints the difference is that it’s kind of an auto immune disease, it kind of attacks your joints and it causes a lot of pain, inflammation, and it can cause permanent damage which can lead to surgery and other things that are very painful for these kids,” said Jody Heaton, Salt Lake Board Chair for the Arthritis Foundation.
The program is sponsored through the Arthritis Foundation.