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Camp Open Arms is a program that was brought to life by University of Maryland School of Medicine pediatric orthopaedist Dr. Joshua Abzug, who works with patients with limb differences.

Dr. Abzug imagined a place where children with limb differences such as brachial plexus birth palsy and congenital/traumatic deformities could experience a carefree camp experience – and Camp Open Arms began accepting campers in 2015.

The event, now in planning for its third year in 2017, hosts a variety of activities for children, including hiking, water balloon fights, arts and crafts, and visits from local musicians, entertainers, and zoo animals. Camp Open Arms is not only a place of acceptance and happiness for children with limb differences, but also for their parents and loved ones, who build camaraderie and hope together. This year, camp will take place August 16-19, 2017.

Camp Open Arms is made possible through generous donors and volunteers. In November 2016, the Deputies of the Cecil County Sheriff's Office exceeded their goal of raising $15,000 for Camp Open Arms during No-Shave November 2016. These gifts will do so much for Camp Open Arms and the children it serves. Without this kind of philanthropy, the Camp Open Arms mission of helping children with limb differences gain strength, courage, and determination while building bonds within their community would not be possible.

How can you help?

Asher CollinsDonations to Camp Open Arms are needed and appreciated to ensure that this inclusive, unique opportunity remains available for children who have limb challenges.

Philanthropist Asher Collins (pictured at right) currently has a fundraising goal of $1,000 for Camp Open Arms, a personal initiative launched in January 2017. Asher is conducting his own no-shave challenge, with every donation putting him one step closer to shaving his beard and making a difference in the lives of children who attend Camp Open Arms.

As of Feb. 3, 2017, he has raised $70 toward his $1,000 goal – please give today to help move him closer!

Thank you!

Gifts to Camp Open Arms may also be mailed in. To send a check, please make out to UMMS Foundation/Camp Open Arms and send to:

UMMS Foundation
110 S. Paca Street, 9th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201

Our Sponsors


Cecil County Sheriff

ATI Foundation


UM Ortho Associates

Asher Collins

Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Greenebaum Enterprises