Camp Independence At Gulf Islands Water Park

553717_335537646526629_1457755264_nIf you are the parent or caretaker of a physically or mentally challenged child or adult then you will want to make a big red circle around July 3rd on your calendar. That’s the day that you can bring your very special family member to Gulf Islands Water Park in Gulfport for a day of fellowship and fun geared toward families just like yours. There are lots of folks that live every day with a family member that needs special care. At this event, Camp Independence, those families have a chance to get to know others just like them. No matter what disease or disability has affected your loved one, you are all welcome here.
Sponsored by the Project Independence group based in Madisonville, Louisiana, the 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. party will help build relationships, allow networking and promote a free flow of information related to the latest scientific discoveries and health care for those precious people who need it the most.
Project Independence, started in 2003, provides stipends to families with disabled members to help with bills and whatever is needed. P.I. began as a way of promoting awareness and creating resources for those caring for family members diagnosed with Autism. Tony, son of Carol Mesa, was diagnosed with Autism in his elementary years. The Mesa family was not prepared for the regressive capability of this disorder as Tony matured. The constant strain on the family was overwhelming. Carol Mesa was compelled to create an organization that would offer support for families in Louisiana. It also improved the quality of life for her son and those in the Autism community.
_MG_7680 _MG_8245Autism is the fastest growing developmental disorder in the U.S. affecting 1 in 88 children. Autism is a neurological disorder that affects a person’s ability to communicate, to reason and interact with others causing extreme behaviors. Currently there are no effective means of preventing Autism and no cure for the mysterious disorder.
They team up with other like-minded people and organizations throughout the South East for various events. One of their largest and most anticipated events each year is the Lafayette to Orange Beach Motorcycle Ride where bikers make the trip to raise funds for the organization.
Founder, Carol Mesa says, “We were so blessed when Gulf Islands Water Park embraced and helped us. They truly have become one of our greatest partners. Even though Project Independence began as an organization focused on autism, we now welcome anyone with special needs regardless of what their physical or mental challenges are.” None of the P.I. staff is paid for what they do. These caring volunteers work hard to make the lives of others better.
The web site,, offers daily updates in the world of autism and the medical advances in the field of autism research and goals. You can also get more information and register on the July 3rd Camp Independence adventure. The camp registration fee is only $10 for a family of 4 including the person with special needs. The special needs person only will receive a t-shirt and a free meal. Last year, there were over 300 people that joined in the camp.
For questions, you may contact Carol Mesa at 985-237-0429 or by email at Please register online to save time at the gate!

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