RANDLEMAN, NC, February 14, 2007 - Known for giving children with chronic medical conditions a life changing camping experience, the Victory Junction Gang Camp is in its fourth year of operation and proud to announce the addition of three new disease groups: blind, deaf, and Down syndrome, bringing the total number of diseases served to 24.
"We are very excited to have added these three new groups," said Pattie Petty co-founder and CEO of Victory Junction. "Adding new disease groups is something that we strive to achieve. We've seen more than 4,500 campers free of charge since our opening in 2004 and the addition of these new disease groups will allow us to give more children the Victory Junction experience."
Victory Junction works closely with its partnering hospitals when considering the addition of new disease groups. "The camp has 20 partnering hospitals and each hospital has a representative that serves on our Medical Advisory Board," said Pattie. "We consult with the board to help determine potential new disease groups and to decide what needs to happen to properly serve these new groups."
"When children come to Victory Junction they are able to do things that they never imagined possible," said Peter Sim MD, Medical Director of Victory Junction. "For example, campers with Spina Bifida that are confined to a wheelchair have the chance to climb a 55 ft. high ropes course, something that they might have never dreamed of being able to do. Not only will they be able to participate in these amazing activities, they will interact with other children having the same condition, possibly for the first time ever."
About the Victory Junction Gang Camp
Founded by NASCAR driver Kyle Petty and his wife Pattie in honor of their late son Adam, the Victory Junction Gang Camp is a year-round facility serving children, age 7 to 15 FREE of charge. The camp allows children suffering from similar medical conditions including heart, lung and kidney disease, spina bifida, HIV, cancer, burn survivors, neurological disorders, or one of the twenty-four disease groups the camp serves, gather to kick back, relax and have some fun.
The camp offers traditional activities, including horseback riding, boating and fishing, arts and crafts as well as those that aren't so traditional such as a water park, theater, bowling alley, miniature golf, as well as NASCAR related program areas.
Victory Junction operates solely on the generous donations of individuals, corporations and foundations. For more information, visit www.victoryjunction.org .