Campers get the “Helen Keller Experience” in Tuscumbia

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Ivy Green, the Helen Keller Birthplace in Tuscumbia

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (WHNT) – Thousands stroll up the brick walkway into Ivy Green each year, but Friday’s tour group is a special one.

They’re participants in the 2014 Camp Courage, here to celebrate not only the triumphs of Helen Keller, but their own as well.

A few select kids from across the state are in Tuscumbia for the second annual Camp Courage, a Helen Keller Experience.

The children are taking part in an intensive camp to inspire them to celebrate their hearing or visual disabilities.

“Work with children. Let them know that they may have a disability, but if they work hard there is not anything they can’t do,” stated Ivy Green Executive Director Sue Pilkilton.

Helping Ivy Green to cast a vision, organizers wanted to do the things which mattered the most to Keller herself; educating kids with visual and hearing disabilities.

And it seems to be working for these eleven youngsters.

“I think it’s like, um, Helen Keller, like we can experience like what Helen Keller did back in the old days,” said Alexis Faith Baber.

The eleven children have become best of friends, laughing and joking around despite their disability, making all of this worth it.

“That Camp Courage means, Camp Courage means that it’s just amazing. I’m loving it, loving Camp Courage,” exclaimed Tykenya Jackson.

The kids have a big day ahead on Saturday which includes fishing on Pickwick Lake, a trip to an animal farm in Red Bay, followed by an awards ceremony that night.

Campers and their parents all come to ivy green free of charge; made possible by generous private donations.