Founded by Kenneth Messier and Patrick Summers in 2006, C.A.M.P. began with its Military Ambulation Project, a program to rehabilitate severely injured soldiers with traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries arriving from Iraq and Afghanistan. Using state-of-the-art physical therapy equipment (S.A.M. – the Secure Ambulation Module) developed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, this innovative treatment program was successfully used at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. and the Edward Hines Jr. Veterans Administration Hospital in Chicago, IL., giving patients the ability to stand and walk earlier during their physical rehabilitation treatment. Offering full support and stability while standing, the S.A.M. equipment works for a wide range of individuals, including non-weight bearing, partial, and full weight bearing patients as they go through the recovery process.
Working with a variety of people with disabilities over the years, the management team at C.A.M.P. found that the lessons learned working with NASA and injured war veterans could also be successfully applied to children and adults with disabilities in the civilian sector. Since that time, C.A.M.P. has extended its involvement with children and adults with disabilities to include hand cycles, recumbent tricycles, and adaptive cycling equipment. Those who use this equipment have found it to make a tremendous difference in their lives, bringing new levels of mobility, physical conditioning, self esteem, and camaraderie into their lives through athletics and exercise.
With improved mobility equipment and an ever expanding network of bicycle and rail trails across the country, more people than ever before can reap the benefits of adaptive cycling.
The Children and Adult Mobility Project (C.A.M.P) is registered with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) charitable organization. All contributions to C.A.M.P. are fully tax deductible. Furthermore, each of the Board members of C.A.M.P. works to support this organization on a strictly voluntary basis and does not draw any salary or payment for their work with C.A.M.P.