CCK Director Has Personal Connection to Her Work

By: Lauren Forsythe Email
By: Lauren Forsythe Email

Nearly 3,000 kids with chronic or life-threatening diseases attend the Center for Courageous Kids each year.

CCK is a camp designed to bring together children with similar diseases. 

One woman who runs the camp has a personal interest in helping those with illnesses. 

"My husband Roger and I were asked in November of 2004 to come and build Center for Courageous Kids-- a world class Medical Camp in South Central Kentucky, but I did not know at the time that I would have a very personal connection in that my niece Hosana would be diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.”

Stormi Murtie would find out shortly after moving to Kentucky that her niece would be eligible to attend CCK.

Hosana Hume was diagnosed at just four-years-old with diabetes.

Now, at 12 it's something she struggles with everyday.

"The first time I came here I learned how to give myself shots before my mom always had to do them. I couldn't go over to a friend's house because I didn't know how to give myself shots," she says.

Becoming a camp member at the Center for Courageous Kids has given Hosana a place to connect with others through horseback riding, bowling, and other various activities.

"It's really interesting to see how many people have the same illness as you do. You don't feel so alone when you're at Camp CCK because everyone has the same thing you do when you're here," Hosana says.

CCK welcomes kids who are battling various cancers, to diabetes, to amputees.

CCK assists kids with over a hundred different illnesses each year.

Each week brings in kids with a different disease.

"The friends you make at CCK are a little more important because they understand what you go through," Hosana says.

"To see her here bonding with other kids and being moved and emotional when she has to leave it exemplifies, it reiterates, it drives home what we say all the time that when you make a difference in a child's life you make a difference in your own," Stormi says.

Stormi says Hosana's disease makes her even more dedicated to the Center for Courageous Kids.

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