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Family hopes to raise money to send boy with cerebral palsy to summer camp

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OAKLEY, MI (WNEM) -

A Mid-Michigan boy with special needs has made tremendous strides last year. It was all thanks to the time he spent at summer camp.

The camp is on his summer wish list again this year, but turning that dream into a reality requires cash that his family doesn’t have.

“He doesn’t realize he has special needs. He is just amazing,” said Vicki Peaster, Quintin’s grandmother.

Quintin Van Horn is a 7-year-old from Oakley. He loves playing soccer with his twin sister Sophia. He also loves Camp Bay Cliff.

“It’s all he talked about all year long was ‘do I get to go back to camp? When do I go to camp,’” Peaster said.

Quintin has cerebral palsy and Camp Bay Cliff is a special camp in the Upper Peninsula that specialize in therapy for children with special needs.

Peaster has been caring for Quintin and his twin sister since their mother passed away a couple years ago. She said she saw huge improvements after Quintin went to the camp last year.

“When he started Bay Cliff last year he could not even walk with a walker. And now he has no straps, no buckles. He’s running. It was just a phenomenal seven weeks,” Peaster said.

She said she would like to send him back this summer, but money is tight this year and the $4,000 camp bill has gone unpaid.

“We don’t tell him that he can’t do something because as far as I believe, he can do anything,” Peaster said.

Quintin’s family reached out to TV5 for help. They are hoping a little help from the community will get him closer to reaching this year’s goal.

Quintin wants to be involved in the crutch club at camp this year. It would allow him to play soccer.

Peaster said that spirit and determination is what keeps her going every day. She is hoping Quintin’s story helps inspire others to show some help and kindness in return.

“I would be beyond blessed and grateful for everything,” Peaster said.

If you would like to help send Quintin to camp, click here.

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