Father of 6-year-old killed in Sandy Hook school shooting creates Camp Wings of Friendship
The father of a 6-year-old boy killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting created Camp Wings of Friendship - saying it's a place his son would've felt accepted.
Ian Hockely says the camp was created to give teens and adults with disabilities an interactive experience this summer.
Hockley's son, Dylan, had autism and had trouble trying new things. He says through Camp Wings of Friendship, Dylan would have been able to do that more comfortably and virtually.
Jose Roman, a 27-year-old with autism spectrum disorder, attended camp after COVID-19 took his regular schedule away. He says the camp is a place where he felt accepted for who he is and where he can get creative.
The camp was formed in partnership with the Friendship Journey in Florida. That organization now works to honor two of their volunteers killed in the Parkland school shooting in 2018.
Over 100 campers have already signed up for three hours a day, five days a week this summer.
Camp is free for campers and mostly run by volunteers. Fundraising efforts throughout the year help with the costs.