We're learning about an amazing camp for teens with limb loss called "Un-limb-ited". Maleah and Matt join Fresh Living to tell us about it!
Maleah Johnson, a senior at Pleasant Grove High School and a long-time patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City, was one of 18 teens living with limb differences who showed off their unlimited potential at Shriners Hospitals for Children’s “Camp Un-Limb-ited” ski and snowboard camp last week.
National Ability Center instructors at Park City Mountain Resort provided adaptive equipment such as mono skis, biskis and outriggers, as well as one-on-one expert instruction.
Skiing and snowboarding is the major draw attracting patients to the camp, but the heart of the week transpires off the snow when hospital staff and volunteers facilitate social activities and support groups to tackle common issues facing teens with limb differences including recreation, relationships, body image, bullying and self-esteem.
While participants at the camp range in ability from beginner to future Paralympian – they all have one thing in common – they all consider camp one of the best experiences of their life, and a place where they can meet people just like themselves – kids whose lives are different due to living with a partial or missing limbs.
Maleah had her right leg amputated at 11 months due to a birth defect and has been thriving ever since thanks to custom prosthetic legs custom built for her at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Salt Lake City.
Beyond her abilities on the slopes through Camp Un-limb-ited, Maleah is an expert golfer and even represented her hospital at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in 2018.
Donations from a performance called “Art with Heart” put on by three local dance studios including The Winner School, Dance Impressions and The Dance Club, made it possible to provide this camp experience to patients free of charge. Art with Heart has donated more than $700,000 to date.