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Making summer camp accessible for mid-state kids with arthritis

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WMOT/TNS)  --  Summer camp is a right of passage for many children, but what do you do if your child has medical needs that make camp a challenge?

This week a camp is being held in Nashville for kids with juvenile arthritis,. Camp AcheAway offers campfires, swimming and nature hikes for kids needing a little extra help to enjoy those activities.

Among those attending is the daughter of Trish Bryant of Murfreesboro, who says it provides a safe place for kids with juvenile arthritis to be themselves and have fun.

"They know they have a disease, but it's being around others like them that deal with the same struggles and have the same issues, to know they're not alone."

There are several forms of Juvenile Arthritis, but they all involve swollen, painful joints. and stiffness. 

There are about 6,000 Tennessee children dealing with juvenile Arthritis. There’s no known cause, but research suggests genetics are a likely factor.