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Day for campers planned for April 25

By Staff | Apr 22, 2015

An April 25 event for campers is planned for the Sanibel Community House.

The second “I AM SPECIAL” camper reunion will bring some 150 adults with special needs, family and caregivers to the island for the event. The event is mostly for lower-income campers supported by donor scholarships.

Islanders Sharon and Jerry Miller founded the Trailways Camp after their son Robert died in 2005. He suffered from serious health issues from birth. The Robert V. Miller Fund was established to help provide resources and a camping experience for disabled adults. The camps allow adults with disabilities to interact, sing and perform, play games for a day of fun, Sharon Miller said. Robert Miller’s brother, Benjamin, will serve as the event’s honorary chair. He is disabled as well. It is also an early celebration of his 40th birthday. The first Trailways camp was held in Texas in 2007.

Sharon Miller said the event in Sanibel last year provided a number of inspiring stories, including one woman with severe autism who printed on a communications tablet that she didn’t want to leave the camp.

Campers can expect to meet Sanibel city manager Judie Zimomra, San-Cap Lions Club president Bruce Cochrane, Brad Livermon with Sanibel Community Church, among other dignitaries.

“We’re very excited to have our campers visit Sanibel,” Sharon Miller said.

Details and the nonprofit’s history are at trailwayscamps.org.