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Roundup River Ranch makes full use of its location on the Colorado River. Grayden Abbott, 4, and Hannah Lacy, 10, enjoy some arts and craft projects.

f you went to summer camp as a kid, then you know how rewarding the experience can be. But for children suffering with chronic illness, the camp experience is often impossible. How can Mom and Dad leave their child alone for a week if he or she needs constant medical attention, or an ingredient-specific diet? Here in Eagle County, Roundup River Ranch has found a solution to this dilemma.  With a team of on-staff medical professionals and a chef who specializes in delicately prepared meals, Roundup River Ranch has found a way to give those children the camp experience —free of cost — while making their parents feel comfortable sending them there. Kids suffering from chronic or life-threatening illness can still buzz through the air on a zipline, or dangle high above the ground on the wobbly platforms of an adventure ropes course. They can ride horseback, scream "ewww" at the smell of manure, let a slimy fish slip through their hands, cruise around in

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a canoe, splash each other with river water, or shoot a bow and arrow all day until they finally hit a bull’s-eye. And most importantly, they can feel like a normal kid for a few days, and meet other kids who are just like them.

Important differences

Roundup River Ranch has been fully functional for three years. Fourteen-year-old Kaya Good has been attending every year since it opened. When Kaya was young, she had a small bowel and liver transplant. She had a full recovery, but life isn't exactly normal for Kaya after

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