It’s hard to believe that it’s been a year since our Chapter lost our beloved champion, Lu Moorman. With her family’s permission, we have decided to honor Lu’s legacy by dedicating our camp scholarships program to her memory.
Lu did so very much…for so many families…for so many years, that her name was practically synonymous with “Tourette Syndrome” for families and educators in the St. Louis and greater Missouri area. Families and educators alike, who sought Lu’s assistance, always received it, and she was a tireless fund-raiser, too. But these activities were only part of her personal mission. Lu had a passion for “FUN-raising,” and that’s what we loved most about her! Lu knew that “fun” was something that kids with Tourette Syndrome might not always find in school or other social situations. However, she knew that if kids with TS could just experience a camp especially for them, then “real fun” would be the inevitable result!
Many years ago she encouraged children in our chapter to go to Joshua Center Camp in Lee’s Summit, MO. Some took her up on the recommendation and, it was so good, that they went back—year after year! The word spread and even more kids went! It soon became an annual tradition for our chapter to not only encourage participation, but to also offer camp scholarships making camp possible for anyone. It was all thanks to Lu, all her idea! It only makes sense to continue now what she started, and to do so, in her memory! Simply put, we wouldn’t be where we are as a chapter today without Lu’s guidance, vision, and generous spirit. Lu, you were our “glue,” and we sure do miss you!
Therefore, we are continuing the tradition to offer scholarship funds available for Joshua Center Camp, as well as expanding it to other TS camps that are offered.
In order to apply for scholarship funds, the following rules apply:
- You must be a dues-paid current member of the Tourette Association of America and participant in the Missouri Chapter.
- The camp must be one that offers a program specifically for children / youth with Tourette Syndrome.
- You must register your child, pay the required deposit, and be approved for camp participation. After receiving approval, you must submit a scholarship application.
- Full or partial scholarships for the remainder will be paid directly to the camp.
- If your child receives a full or partial scholarship, then cannot attend camp for any reason, we ask that you notify us as soon as possible.
Please email MISSOURITSA@YAHOO.COM for an application.
Here are some links to camps, so you can peruse the possibilities! Note: scholarship amounts may be limited, based on total camp costs, number of applications received, and eligibility. The final decision will be made by the Board of Tourette Association of America – Missouri Chapter.