I’m Zak, and I was born with severe hemophilia A. I have spent all my life learning to combat the possibility of bleeding internally into any muscle, joint or organ. Every morning I infuse artificial clotting factor into my veins to supplement the protein I am missing. While it is true that with my medicine I typically avoid serious internal injury, I have faced many scenarios where I was not wanted because of my disorder. When I was a baby, I was rejected from daycare because I would be “too much of a worry.” When I was in elementary school, my science camp application was turned down because I would be “too much work to look after.” When applying to high schools, my principle had serious concerns and strictly advised me against attending a school that operates with power tools and some heavy machinery. (I decided to go anyway).
The Blog Cabin
Welcome to The Blog Cabin. Here, you will find musings from Camp's CEO, Jimmy Canton, and other members of our leadership team and Camp friends. We hope you'll pull up a chair and share your thoughts too. We're excited for you to join the conversation!
In my role, I do lots of public speaking. And although I enjoy every opportunity to talk about The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, one of my favorite speaking gigs is when I address the summer staff at the end of their week-long orientation. It’s my opportunity to put into words what I think Hole in the Wall stands for, and to remind them of the sacred responsibility that they have to improve the lives of every child – and adult – with whom they interact.