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5/8/02 - Tyler

Texas Lions Camp Helps Local Student

School is winding down for the year, and kids everywhere are looking forward to summer. Allie Parrish is nine years old, and in the fourth grade at Andy Woods. She's looking forward to camp this summer.

However, unlike those other kids, Allie has been blind since birth. This year, Allie will be one of over fifteen hundred children attending the Texas Lions Camp. Chartered in 1949, the free camp has helped more than fifty thousand kids enjoy their summers.

"What Lionism is really all about," Tyler Lions President Richard Killmon said, "is trying to give something back to the community. Children are an awfully important part of that community."

Allie will leave for camp next month, on a trip paid for by the Lions of Texas. It's a vacation she's really excited about.

"I'm really excited," said Allie, "because it's a great camp and we get to do a lot of things that you wouldn't normally get to do."

For parents, the camp serves several purposes. It gives their kids a new experience, and it allows the parents a break for a few days.

Allie's mom, Paige Parrish, said "It gives me a wonderful break, I have a week that I can rejuvenate and get organized and I think it's a wonderful opportunity. I'll be perfectly honest, at first I was reluctant, you feel a little guilty, you don't think anyone else can take care of your child as well as you do, but they do come back, and they come back just so much better than they left."

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