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Wed., July 23, 2014, 8:26 a.m.

Kids w/Lost Limbs Find Kinship At CdA

Camp No Limits camper Addison Benson, 6, of Laurel, Mont., pulls a counselor around during physical therapy at Camp Cross on Lake Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday. She lost both legs below the knee in a lawn mower accident when she was 3. (SR photo: Kathy Plonka)

While other campers were playing wheelchair basketball inside, avoiding a rare rainy summer day on Lake Coeur d’Alene, 6-year-old Addison Benson ran around outside on her prosthetic legs. For Benson, who lost both her legs in a lawn-mowing accident when she was 3, the four-day camp is a chance to be around other kids who, like her, have lost limbs. “It’s something we look forward to,” said her mom, Andrea Benson. Camp No Limits is a nonprofit organization that provides education, mentorship and support to young people with limb loss and their families. Mary Leighton, an occupational therapist, founded the organization in Maine in 2004 after being inspired by a 2-year-old boy who was missing three limbs/Wilson Criscione, SR. More here. (SR photo by Kathy Plonka: Kaylynn McSmith, 6, of Nevada, shows off her “Nub Buddy” during camp No Limits. Her limb loss is due to congenital amputation)

Question: Kathy's photos show children with amazing courage. Thoughts?

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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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