October Featured Camper: Watson

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At 5 months old Watson suffered a metabolic crisis that caused him to lose all of his motor skills. Flash forward 14 years, and he is taking on life (both at home & at camp) with as much speed as his power chair will allow!  

We caught up with Watson and his family to learn more about what makes him such an incredible individual. Here’s our insider interview:  

Question: What is does your daily schedule include?

Watson: “Sleep, eat, medical therapies, school, read, play games, repeat.”

Watson arrives to camp

Watson arriving at Camp Barnabas.

Question: What is life like when you aren’t at camp?

Watson: “It’s fun! We go to movies and watch Formula 1 racing.”

Question: What challenges do you face outside of camp?

Watson: “I cannot feed or dress myself.”

Question: What is your primary diagnosis?

Watson: “Glutaric Aciduria Type 1. A metabolic disorder in which my body does not break down proteins.”

Question: How many years have you attended camp?

Watson: “5 years.”

Watson making new friends at camp

Watson making new friends at camp.

Question: What does Camp Barnabas mean to you?

Watson: “Hanging out with Jesus.”

Question: What is your favorite thing about camp?

Watson: “Archery!”

Question: Why do you keep coming back to camp?

Watson: “Freedom to be me.”

Question: What is your favorite meal at camp?

Watson: “Hot dogs and bread pudding.”

Question: What is your favorite color?

Watson: “Green.”

Question: What is your biggest dream or goal?

Watson: “To go to college.”

Show Watson some love! Share this story to raise awareness about Glutaric Aciduria Type 1. For more info & background, visit https://rarediseases.info.nih.gov/diseases/6522/glutaric-acidemia-type-i.