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Wheelchair Camp, uplifting in so many ways


NEAR STEWARTVILLE, Minn. (KTTC) -- Sixty campers have been taking part in all sorts of sports the last few days. All of the fun has been taking place at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch, at this years 26th annual National Wheelchair Sports Camp.

"The car show is always here, it's just really awesome," said a camper.

For these 60 campers this car show is the grand finale to their week at wheelchair camp.

"Before my injury I had a mustang - cool to ride in the cars, having them revving the engine and squealing tires and stuff," explained camper Trent Dubberke.

One of the campers is Trent Dubberke, at the age of 17 his life would forever change.

"I had a blood vessel malformation that was wrapped around my spinal cord, which cut the oxygen off to my nerves."

Since coming to camp Trent is discovering his wheelchair doesn't define him. In fact, camp keeps him pretty busy.

"I got into water skiing, paintball, wheelchair dancing, completely active before and now it's just the coolest thing ever," described Trent.

From youngsters to adults, this camp is open to anyone.

"After we leave camp it's really sad because we have to go back home and its back into having challenges and obstacles. This place is handicap accessible, you're around people who don't even think about second guessing you at all," said Trent.

Many of these campers told us this is the one thing they look forward to doing all summer long. They're able to make friends, be at a place that is handicap accessible and there's no fear of being judged.

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