Several area residents, including a child from Orange Grove, attended the 44th Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association South/Central Summer Camp earlier this month in Bruceville.

Derrick Anzaldua, 18, of Kingsville; Gustavo Gonzalez, 10, and Arie Mann, 10, both of Alice, and Jacob Gonzalez, 9, of Orange Grove attended the camp from June 2 through June 8 for the opportunity to make friends and enjoy dozens of fun filled activities.

Every summer MDA hosts multiple summer camps around the nation for children and young adults with neuromuscular diseases from the ages of 6 to 21 years.

More than 65 South Texas MDA clients attended this year's summer camp conducted at the Greene Family Camp in Bruceville.

Camp goers participated in swimming, evening dances, carnivals and sporting events with activities tailored to their special needs and created memories sure to last a lifetime.

There is no cost to families of campers who attend summer camp.

The $650 per camper fee is covered entirely by generous support from local corporations, groups and individuals who raise funds to support MDA.

Founded in 1950, the Muscular Dystrophy Association is a national voluntary health agency dedicated to finding a cure for more than 40 neuromuscular diseases.

MDA funds research worldwide including current projects at the University of Texas at Austin as well as the University of Texas at San Antonio.

In addition, MDA operates 235 hospital-affiliated clinics across the country. Services include physical, occupational and respiratory therapy, genetic counseling and testing, social services consultation and year-round patient care.