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Community Comes Together To Support Young Girl With Unique Health Issues

c/o Amanda Walenga

Camden is an 8 year old who lives in Springfield. She just started 3rd grade, likes riding horses and eating tacos, and playing with her younger sister. For the most part, she’s a happy normal kid. But she also happens to be one who was born with health problems like cleft palate, a hole in her heart and scoliosis.

Over the years she’s become a local celebrity, she has a fun-loving and funny personality, and her mom blogs about her medical journeys and family life. Camden will be heading to Philadelphia for a surgery meant to help alleviate some of the problems caused by scoliosis. Family friends have organized a fundraiser to help with medical costs.

That’s Saturday night at the Abraham Lincoln Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Springfield, there will be food, dancing, a silent auction and a roast of Camden’s grandpa. (Click here for more info.)

Camden and her mom joined us at the NPR Illinois studios to talk about what her life is like.

You can follow Camden's journey on the blog her mom does, here.

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