St. Louis County (KSDK) - Babler State Park is home to all kinds of camps, but the kids at Camp Crescent have more in common than simply being cute.

"Yeah you have to have sickle cell," explains Cydney Algee, a nine year old camper.

In case you're not familiar, it's a disease of the red blood cells that can cause serious pain.

"Your legs, arms, chest and head," Sean Gathing, another nine year old camper adds.

"About a third of our patients will have a stoke. They're constantly anemic. Fever is the number one cause in patients under five." Kim Ferguson, the camp director points out.

So Camp Crescent was created in 1999 to bring a little normalcy to their lives.

"Are there a lot of cute boys here? Well kind of," Algee says.

Throughout the week they also gain a little a confidence.

"For many of these kids they're the only ones in their family with sickle cell and they feel alone and isolated," Ferguson goes on to say.

But here they feel a connection.

"I'm around people that have some stuff I'm going through," Gathing says.

And sometimes that's all any of us need to ease the pain.

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