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"Just hearing my patients say they appreciate me makes my day."


"It's Always For the Kids"

"Thank you, Daria, for bringing love and hope to the children of Camp Laurel," reads one of several cards neatly arranged on the scrapbook page. The book belongs to Daria, RN, and the card is one of many. "My career as a nurse has been very rewarding. Just hearing my patients say they appreciate me makes my day," says Daria with a sincerity you can feel.

In addition to being a Labor and Delivery RN, Daria is also a volunteer at Camp Laurel. The camp provides hundreds of children living with HIV and AIDS an opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while forming support groups with their peers.

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As one of the nurses for the camp, Daria dispenses medications, provides routine care and, most importantly, spends quality time with the children in the outdoors.

Daria, who describes herself as a "city-person," has been volunteering at the camp since 1998. "I could never be on Survivor," she confesses. So, what keeps her going back? "The smiles and miles of love I get from the kids," she answers. And you can bet, when the next session of camp begins, Daria will be there to soak up all the love that the children have to offer—dirt, bugs, and all.