Nick Carso (12) from Andover, alongside his father Kyle Carso, will devote his day, June 1st completing the highly coveted, professional-level Rev3 Olympic Triathlon. The event requires swimming approximately 1 mile followed by a 25 mile cycling course, and ending with a 6.2 mile run. His hope is to inspire others to what is available through faith and the love and support of others. He wishes to pay forward his gift to other children in need through raising funds for the development of programs benefitting the wonderful children and families of the Camp Care organization (www.campcarekids.org).
Nick's participation in this event, normally allowed for only those 18 and older, is also a celebration. Nick officially received written notification of a complete loss of his diagnosis of Autism after extensive testing this past fall.
Nick was diagnosed with Autistic Disorder at 18 months of age. Nick began intensive physical therapy two days per week for many years in addition to daily services provided by the state of Connecticut in the home. Nick began to have impressive improvement at the age of three and a half years of age and attended both summer and winter camp at Camp Care, since he was a toddler including participating in all aspects of care including therapeutic horseback riding and in a kid's fitness class each week.
Nick has developed into quite a wonderful young man, excelling in school, transferring to Corpus Christi school in 6th grade to receive a Catholic education and maintaining a straight A average. He also has been inspired to stay healthy and participates in multiple sports in addition to Crossfit - style exercise. He is a consistent All-Star baseball and basketball player, expert level skier, and member of the Newington Bicycle Triathlon team. At his request, Nick participated in his first Olympic level Triathlon with his dad on his 12th birthday, to a crowd of cheering adults based on his age alone.
The Camp Care nonprofit organization was by Dr. Stephen and Laureen Moran of Crossroads Physical Therapy, www.campcarekids.org.
"Nick has persevered and developed into a very special young man. Through his journey, he has faced and overcome many obstacles through his faith, and the support of his family, he proves that nothing is impossible when God is in the center of your life. We rejoice with Nick as he will be competing in this event, with an effort to help others on this journey. We are very proud of him and wish him God's speed." Stephen Moran, DPT, Crossroads Physical Therapy, LLC/President Camp Care, Inc.
"Nick is an outstanding and humble young pre-teen - blessed with a wonderful supportive family and a great desire to make a difference. Camp is a place of concentrated physical therapy, hope and support. The children are included, accepted, and motivated to do their best, allowing developmental goals to evolve as they dedicate themselves to their highest potential. Nick has now "graduated" and is more than willing to give back in an effort to support others in similar need. We wish him the very best and look forward to sharing in his future achievements.", states Laureen Moran, PT, Executive Director Camp Care, Inc/ Crossroads Fitness Kids class Instructor.
As Nick's dad, a former patient of Steve Moran's:I was inspired to devote my life to a career in manual therapy to pay forward the love and care I was given as a late teenager at a critical time in my spiritual and emotional development. I had attended Camp Care as a therapist for many years before having children of my own. Through this inspiration, we chose Steve as a primary caregiver in addition to our birth to three programs after Nick's diagnosis of Autistic Disorder at 18 months of age.
Having been brought up in the environment Steve inspired in me that all adults and children should be given the best care regardless of society's perceived potential, we as parents naturally chose Crossroads as a very special organization to care for our beloved son.
Written by Nicks loving dad and advocate, Kyle Carso
Camp Care is a 501 © 3 nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible. www.campcarekids.org
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