Dear MDA, please don’t take our summer camp from us.

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All year long the anticipation of MDA summer camp grows in children and young adults everywhere around the nation. For many campers the excitement of reuniting at the favorite camp spot with all their friends fell short this year. The unexpected announcement from the  MDA to close or move local camps everywhere came in early February. Some camps that have been affected include Kansas City, Utah,  Montana, and Hawaii. Our MDA camp at Cedar Lakes in Ripley West Virginia also did not make the cut. 

 The Cedar Lakes conference center has hosted our MDA summer camp program for many years. Enriching the lives of our children, families, and community members. Providing more than a location, but the very foundation that our local MDA camp was built on.  Cedar Lakes is embedded in our local MDA history. 

 The hearts and spirits of campers, families, and other community members are broken.  Sadly many children are opting out of camp entirely. They do not want to have to travel further to enjoy something that they have had their entire lives here at home. This is also adding more of a financial burden to their families and unfortunately some can’t afford the added travel expenses and therefore will not be able to go to camp this year and possibly for years to come. 

 Hence the need for this petition. We are requesting that the MDA reconsider their decision to close the Cedar Lakes camp in Ripley West Virginia.  We have the support of our communities, but we need your support to. Please join us in keeping our local MDA camps open. 

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