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July 13, 2016

Justin Walker returns to Camp Schreiber -- for his job

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The 20 or so campers who sat in a circle listening to Justin Walker read to them probably didn't realize it. But they were listening to a man who had been in their shoes once. And he was happy to be back.

Justin Walker visited Camp Schreiber July 13 to read a book to current campers and talk about his own experience as a former camper.

Justin's time at Schreiber goes back 20 years. He was born with osteogenesis imperfecta, commonly known as brittle bone disease. He started coming to Schreiber when he was 2 and at 4 was named a Schreiber ambassador.

He received therapy, attended preschool (and worked with Jay Graver, Mr. Jay, the current preschool and camp director) and spent many summers at Church of the Apostles for camp.

"So many memories coming in here," Justin said, looking around the church's gym. "It's so big, and we had so much fun. It was a great way to socialize and make friends. I still have friends that I made here at camp and preschool."

Justin returned as part of his job. He's an administrative officer at the Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission. The main part of his work involves going to schools, libraries, camps and other children's groups to read "The Fair Housing Five," a kids book about fair housing agencies.

That's Justin on the right, sitting on Edna Schreiber's lap as a Schreiber ambassador.

It's the latest step in the journey for Justin. He went to college, graduating from York College with a degree in public relations. He drives every day from his home in Mechanicsburg to work in Harrisburg. He is a real live example of how the Schreiber spirit helps children lead lives as productive adults.

"My experience at Schreiber taught me: There are no limits," Justin said. "Schreiber was always very encouraging. The message was: You can do whatever you think you can do, you just do it differently. It was never about what you can't do. Always what you can do."

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