Niki Russo, CZC Camper Turned Volunteer

I started going to Comfort Zone Camp at the age of eleven in April of 2006, only six months after my dad had passed away. Life felt almost unbearable when it came to losing my dad, and I never thought I would be able to get through it. Until I found Comfort Zone. It was the first place as a kid that I walked into that everyone treated me like a normal kid, I finally felt like I didn’t have the word different written across my forehead. CZC gave me the coping skills I needed to go back into the real world with that I could utilize against those who were bullies, on my bad days, and even on my good days when I felt guilty for being happy again without my loved one being present. Had my mom not found CZC all those years ago I wouldn’t be the person I am today, and for that I am so completely blessed. I continue going to camp as a volunteer because I can think of no better way to repay the help of all the big buddies and healing circle leaders gave me for many years. To experience a weekend at Comfort Zone Camp is a complete gift for me, one that doesn’t have to be wrapped. We are a big family, free of judgment, and full of love. What more could you ever want?

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