Cohen It isn’t easy staying optimistic as a teenager, but 17 year-old Cohen has mastered the art of positivity: “No matter what happens in your life you have to stay positive.” This positivity was contagious according to Cohen who was responsible this summer for a camper named Micah.

“I used to be really self-conscious about my hemophilia but Micah showed me that you could still be happy and enjoy life with a medical condition,” said Cohen after spending the better part of the week with Micah. The two were able to form a close friendship after working side by side all week, allowing Cohen to gain a better understanding of “balancing friendship and responsibility.”

The activities and experiences at Camp Joy teach campers like Cohen valuable health and life skills over the years: “camp taught me how to self-infuse and how to properly handle a bleed, and how to become an active, responsible person.” These skills will not only serve Cohen for a lifetime, but because of his role as a camp leader he will impact countless others as well.

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