Post 7-Year-Old Brings Idea To Life With Koda's Kamp

Koda's Kamp provides a weekend of fun for the siblings of sick children.

You might remember 4-year-old Brynne Bigham.

We introduced you to her on KAMC News in June.

Brynne suffers from a rare bowel disorder that has not only changed her life, but her family's life too.

So Brynne's older brother, Koda, had an idea to start a camp for kids who have similar circumstances.

It's called Koda's Kamp.

"He said, 'What about all the brothers and sisters? Why don't they ever get anything?' And I said, 'What do you mean?' And he goes, 'What about the brothers and sisters of all the sick kids. Why can't we do something for them?" Koda and Brynne's mom, Maggie Guthrie, said.

Brynne's disorder has put her in the hospital nearly 50 times in the past 4.5 years.

"I thought she was going to stay in the hospital a long time and the longest one I've ever had was about six weeks," Koda said. "(It was) really hard cause I had to go place to place," he explained.

It was through that first hand experience, as a sibling of a sick sister, that Koda came up with the idea for the camp.

Last month, 7-year-old Koda and 26 other kids went camping in Floydada.

It was the second year for a lot of the campers to attend.

"We went zip lining, hiking... we played basketball and we did all sorts of stuff like painting and archery and BB guns," Koda said.

It was a weekend to just be a kid and set aside the sickness that sometimes prevents them from doing just that.

"As long as we've got kids that will come, then we'll make it happen," Maggie said.

Koda's Kamp is free to siblings of sick, medically dependent or special needs children.

Everything is provided including toothbrushes, beach towels, bath towels, shampoo, conditioner and t-shirts.

Every camper even got a pair of tennis shoes this year.

Ages six to 15 are eligible.

If you'd like more information or if you'd like to donate to the camp, go to www.kodaskamp.org.

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