Laughter rang out at Discover Camp as some 20 children played Drip, Drip, Drop. The normally fast-paced game—imagine Duck, Duck, Goose, but with water spilling on each head instead of a pat—was a typical summer camp scene with one exception.
“Remember,” shouted one mother from the sidelines, “you don’t have to run.”
Her words were a reminder of how Discover Camp, an annual retreat for University of Chicago Medicine families and patients who were born with anomalies of the nervous system, differs from traditional camps. Many of these patients suffer from brain and spinal cord conditions that make excess physical exertion dangerous. Most of the patients have undergone neurosurgical treatment at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital.