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A lifetime of memories made at NF Camp

By July 28, 2016December 5th, 2023Awareness, NF1

NF Camp is an annual summer camp dedicated to young adults who have been affected by neurofibromatosis. This year marks the 20th anniversary of this week-long experience for young adults ages 12 to 22. We asked a first-time camper, Paige Martinez, to share her thoughts about the adventure.

After six days, normally making new friends is tough, but in the environment of Camp K it was an immediate connection with kids who are truly amazing!

All of the camp counselors were so kind and sweet to all of us. Being with all of these wonderful people felt like a second family to me. Connecting with a group of people your age makes life so great!

On the days we were able to leave the camp grounds, we went river rafting, going to a water park, riding roller coasters and drinking Icee’s. It was so much fun. It’s hard for me to express how happy I was there. NF Camp was truly one of the greatest experiences of my life. Beforehand, I was always afraid of talking about my NF since no one around me understood the condition. But at camp, talking with my new friends and counselors felt so welcoming and comfortable that we did it every day.

NF Camp is an all-round incredible experience. I was able to meet and connect with people from all around the world who shared my condition as well as people living here in my home state of California many of whom I will keep in contact with and will be friends for a lifetime.

Click here to read what Paige had to say before she left for NF Camp. For information on NF Camp, please visit