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'Cool Kid' helps special campers have fun

August 27, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
"Cool Kid" Chrissie Massrey volunteers at "Special Camp for Special Kids." Some see the campers as kids with disabilities, but Chrissie sees them in a different way.

"They're just a bunch of kids who are just like me and just want to have fun and have the biggest hearts in the world," says Chrissie. "And that's why I come back every year."

The 17-year-old senior has been giving of her time for five years. From the very first day, people knew Chrissie was a unique volunteer.

"The first day she started as a volunteer, it was so natural for her and she really developed this true passion for kids with disabilities. And it truly sets her apart from other kids her age," says Lindsay Eres, Executive Director, Special Camp for Special Kids.

Being a friend, playing games and singing songs is how Chrissie helps the kids. However, Chrissie has bigger plans for the future.

"I've always wanted to be a doctor and that's all I know so far," says Chrissie. "I would love to work with kids with disabilities and open up a special practice that has to do with that."

Chrissie gives and receives great joy at the camp. And she is always looking for ways to share that joy with others.

"If I see someone outside of school that may have a disability, I go up and give them my card to tell them about camp because I think it's a wonderful program," says Chrissie.

Chrissie Massrey is our Cool Kid.

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