Victory Junction prepares for another life changing summer.
As members of the community prepare for warm weather, family vacations and a shift in work schedules, many children are preparing for a week at Victory Junction Gang Camp in Randleman, North Carolina. The camp is designed with children in mind and supported by NASCAR celebrities like Jeff Gordan, Tony Stewart, Michael Waltrip as well as actress Andie McDowell. With state-of-the art everything, the $31 million dollar facility gears up for another life changing summer.
Victory Junction Gang Camp welcomes children with critical illnesses to come and live like they never have before. This summer’s schedule has recently been posted on the camp’s website. With each week being designated for a particular illness, campers are welcome, free of charge, to come and have the experience of a lifetime.
The camp is designed with all buildings in the form of a racetrack- making everything wheelchair accessible and easy to be involved in. When standing at the entrance, it is as if you are looking at a fantasy land. The buildings include, but are not limited to, a race-car shaped memorial building in honor of Adam Petty, camp founder’s deceased son, a fully stocked salon, a water-park with a special “warming hut” for the campers with sickle cell anemia, circus- themed barn with horses to ride, llamas, sheep, goats, and other farm animals that are eager to be played with, state of the art gymnasium, astro-dome, theater; and the list continues on. The most important building which allows campers to come to camp is the Body Shop, sponsored by Goody. This facility is fully staffed with doctors and nurses and has the capacity to deliver any medical procedure a child may need, from dialysis to chemo therapy.
“The main idea I had for this camp was to make it a place that children that were well wanted to come to,” says camp founder, Pattie Petty. She continues, “Victory Junction’s motto is ‘feel your heart race’ for a reason. We have volunteers, paid staff, and a solid mission to make sure that these children come and literally have the time of their lives.”
With every detail covered in the design and mission of the camp, how could lives not be changed? The children enter camp with no financial burden; there is no cost of attendance or any reason that the children will need money throughout the week. The only thing that they have to worry about is having fun.
Christin Atwater, a former Victory Junction employee said, “It is the greatest place on earth-seriously. Some of my favorite kids return each summer. The summer that they don’t return, or we hear that they passed away is heart-breaking. But there’s a special peace we have, for we know that that particular child’s life was made better by Victory Junction.”
It is easy to get involved with such a magical place, as many celebrities have done so. Visit www.victoryjunction.org to find out how you can make a difference!