Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Cool day at Camp Hopetake

CHERIE DIEZ | Times

Logan Nelson, 12, of Punta Gorda, who survived being burned while he and friends were playing with matches and gasoline, splashes camp counselor and Tampa firefighter Jeremy Finney in the wave pool Wednesday during Camp Hopetake's field trip to Adventure Island in Tampa. Camp Hopetake, named for the Seminole Indian word for "children," is a weeklong, sleep-away summer camp for children ages 5-17 who have survived burn injuries. The free camp is paid for by the fundraising efforts of Tampa General Hospital, the Tampa General Hospital Foundation and Tampa Firefighters Local 754. All counselors at the camp are either TGH employees or Tampa firefighters. The camp, in its 24th year, provides a safe, comfortable, supportive environment for the kids to share their feelings and experiences with others who truly understand what they have been through.

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