Mackenzie Eurich’s calf was amputated after a lawn mowing accident at the age of two. Mackenzie does not recall much of her life before the accident and only knows life as an amputee. Mackenzie considers herself lucky as she grew up in a town where people accepted her. Even still, she grew up very self-conscience of her limb loss, having never met another child with limb loss. When Mackenzie turned ten years old, her mother learned about Amputee Coalition Camp and encouraged Mackenzie to attend.
Mackenzie immediately loved Amputee Coalition Camp, “It was like everyone understood me instantly because they were just like me.” Her first week of Amputee Coalition Camp was overwhelming and life – changing. Mackenzie recalls her experience, “For the first time, no one was staring at me and asking questions about me being an amputee. I fed off of the other campers’ confidence.” Mackenzie’s mom also noticed a change in her demeanor upon returning from camp.
Mackenzie loved Amputee Coalition Camp so much, she returned as a camper for eight years. Camp makes Mackenzie more confident with each year and, because of her connection with other people with limb losses, she’s learned to accept her life as an amputee. Now, Mackenzie works as a senior counselor at Camp Joy changing lives of campers, just like her counselors did eight years ago.