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Camp Survived It All (SIA)
Held at the beginning of every summer at the Camp For All facility in Burton, TX, Camp Survived It All, (known by staff and patients as Camp SIA) was established to give Texas Children’s gastrointestinal (GI) patients the opportunity to meet other children with GI diseases. Campers diagnoses include Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis and hepatitis. Some of the campers have had liver transplants.
The camp provides an opportunity for patients to discuss medical issues with other kids who have similar medical concerns. Many times, their other friends don’t understand what life is like for them. It's often difficult for patients to deal with strict regimens for medication, experience uncomfortable and often embarrassing symptoms, and explain their condition to others.
At Camp SIA, patients can forget their self-consciousness and interact with each other like typical kids. Parents and campers don’t have to worry about medical issues because the camp has a full medical staff with at least one nurse in every cabin and a doctor available 24 hours a day.
Camp SIA activities include canoeing, kayaking, swimming, fishing, horseback riding, rope climbing, and zip lining.