Seiya loves to come to Zajac Ranch and practice his archery skills every summer. Seiya has Hemophilia A, which often causes people to bleed longer than others, and bleeds can occur internally, into joints and muscles, or externally, from minor cuts or trauma. As a youngster, Seiya’s condition prevented him from playing on playgrounds like other children would do, as he could never play independently. As he got older, Seiya has only been able to play sports that have minimal contact.
Seiya's mom, Marla, says, “Camp at Zajac Ranch has been a wonderful place for him to spend a week of summer. It gives us the peace of mind that he can have a wonderful and safe outdoor camp experience with medical care provided. It is the only camp Seiya has been able to attend because of his medical requirements, and he would never have attended otherwise.”
One of Seiya’s favourite activities at camp is the high ropes, something he had never experienced before. Seiya now participates in everything at camp and feels reassured that the nurses can help him assess any injury. Seiya’s other favourite memories from camp include having s’mores around the camp fire, playing ping pong, kayaking and enjoying all the great meals.
“Camp has also made me a more skilled, stronger, and thoughtful child,” says Seiya. This year, he was able to attend camp as an LIT (Leader-in-Training) and develop his leadership skills and the self-confidence needed for Seiya to be more independent ans spend time away from his parents. “Being at Zajac Ranch has impacted my life by allowing me to become more open minded and conscious of everyone around me,” says Saiya. “I learned how to self-infuse at camp and I now am able to do that every day.”
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