american heart heroes * gainesville, florida event photographer

have you heard of american heart heroes? or camp boggy creek? they are two amazing programs here in florida that invite kids with heart disease to enjoy the summer camp experience.  they provide a place for kids to be just kids and make friendships with other children sharing similar obstacles.  there is swimming, horseback riding, sing alongs, fishing and more.  all on 232 acres of tall pines, majestic oaks and nature trails.  and did i mention that paul newman was one of the founders of the camp?  and what is more amazing is that there is no charge to the children or families who attend.

i met many of these young heroes at their send-off this past weekend.  with their luggage packed, the kids were welcomed with face painting, arts and crafts and breakfast.  i saw emotional reunions with doctors, camp counselors, nurses, old buddies and families.  but mostly, i felt their happiness and excitement.

here are some images taken on that fun-filled morning.....

thanks for reading, mikifoto by mallika malhotra