Three days into her life, it was discovered Avery was born with a ventricular septal defect, which affects the wall dividing the left and right ventricles of the heart. She had major surgery when she was only three months old, and experienced many complications.

Avery is always thrilled and excited to attend camp. “She begins talking about the preparation in January!” says her mom, Nina. “Her favorite memory was in 2016 when she was finally tall enough to attempt the high ropes. She loves the camp counsellors and has made some lovely friends that she looks forward to seeing again and again.”

Nina also shares how Avery has gained tremendous independence since attending camp. “It has given Avery something to do by herself. She does all the prep work, the packing, and all the lists of what supplies she needs to buy. Zajac Ranch has given her a more solid sense of independence.” She also adds, “Children return home with priceless memories of their own, to cherish and share. This is a great chance for children to bond in a very unique environment.”