Camperships Change Lives

My husband and I have two daughters, Diana and Lourdes.  They are kind, playful, and energetic girls – and they both have chronic medical conditions.

Diana, age 15, has a rare genetic condition called Cohen Syndrome which affects her muscular and immune systems, eyesight, and cognitive development. She needs constant supervision and cannot be left unattended for even short periods of time.  Lourdes, our youngest, has spina bifida, which brings urological, neurological, and orthopedic challenges. At age 10, Lourdes has already had nine surgeries.

Many people would describe our family as unlucky, but we think we are extremely fortunate to have two beautiful daughters – and a special place like The Painted Turtle to call a second home at which they both thrive.

The first time we entered the gates at camp we felt as though it had been made especially for us. Every building and every activity are completely accessible – Lourdes never has to enter through a different door or sit on the sidelines. She can even go on the ropes course which is 30 feet in the air!  Diana can try any camp activity she wants because there are so many trained volunteers to help her have fun and be safe while she tries new things.

The Painted Turtle means freedom to our family. Not just freedom from hospitals and doctors offices, or from having to explain what’s wrong with our daughters.  And not just the freedom to relax and enjoy what other families might take for granted. Although all of these things are blessings.

Camp gives our girls the freedom they need to discover who they are and who they want to become.  Our daughters have found confidence at camp. They have found friends, and they have learned to dream new dreams.

Thank you to The Painted Turtle and its supporters for giving our daughters the freedom to be themselves.  Make a Campership Gift Now!


Nicte Mack (Lourdes & Diana’s mom)

Camperships Keep Camp Free of Charge

Camp will always be free of charge. Campership gifts support the costs of food, housing, medical care, and of course fun for our campers.

Your gift can be made in memory of a loved one or in honor of a birthday, anniversary or special occasion of a family member or friend. If your gift is a tribute to someone, please include a note telling us the name of the individual you wish us to notify along with their address so that we can send them a card letting them know of your thoughtful gift. (The amount will not be mentioned.)  Make a Campership Gift Now!

If you have questions about making a gift, please contact us at or 310-451-1353.

The Painted Turtle is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization with Federal Tax ID# 95-4612481. All charitable contributions are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law. If you prefer to send your donation by mail, please address it to: Camperships at The Painted Turtle, 1300 4th Street, Suite 300, Santa Monica, CA 90401.