MMC Senior Elly Miiller Finds Career Inspiration as Volunteer at Limb Loss Foundation’s Camp No Limits
August 23, 2016
As a senior pre-med and biology double major at Mount Marty College (MMC), Elly Miiller is already working toward a career focused on helping others. For the past two summers, the Vermillion, South Dakota, native has had the opportunity to put her passion for service to use as a volunteer at Camp No Limits, a camp specifically designed for children with limb differences.
Part of the No Limits Limb Loss Foundation, Camp No Limits focuses on empowering and educating youth with limb loss to live healthy, happy, and independent lives. The non-profit organization hosts therapeutic camps all across the United States. Miiller recently attended camp at Lake Coeur d’Alene in west Idaho, near the Washington border, for a second year.
“They [the campers] were a huge inspiration to me,” Miiller says of her time at Camp No Limits. “They are overcoming things you can’t even imagine.”
Unlike many summer camps for kids, Camp No Limits also invites the children’s entire family to attend; about 20 families participated last year, including an international family. Medical experts and staff, including occupational therapists, physical therapists and prosthetists, are also present for the four-day camp, where the children learn new adaptive skills to efficiently and safely complete everyday tasks such as styling hair, running, and biking; with opportunities to work and play using their prostheses. A support group is available to parents who attend, and volunteers serve as adult amputee mentors for the kids.
Miiller worked on numerous activities at Camp No Limits, including swimming and arts and crafts. An MMC Ambassador and member of the Lancer golf team, she also helped with “First Tee,” where campers learned adaptive golfing techniques and had the opportunity to try a rotating prosthesis for golf.
“People are experiencing bigger things than what I’m going through,” Miiller says of what she learned through volunteering. “It puts things in perspective.”
Already pursuing her interest in medicine, Miiller says her work at Camp No Limits has inspired her to pursue a career in prosthetics and orthotics and working with kids.
MMC offers a variety of majors and minors in the high-demand field of health sciences. Find the complete listing of academic programs at www.mtmc.edu/academics/majors-and-programs/.
To learn more about Camp No Limits, including how to volunteer, visit nolimitsfoundation.org.