Many children who lost a parent on September 11 spend a few days every summer at Camp Better Days, a camp near Albany, New York, that was started with them in mind.
Amy Callahan, director of Camp Better Days, opened this retreat after losing her fiancé, Scott, on September 11. "A few weeks before [the attacks], [Scott] and my brother and I had a conversation about starting a camp for kids in need," she says. "I had no idea at the time that it would have been these kids."
To help ease her grief, Amy says she threw all her energy into the camp. "It gave me a purpose," she says.
Over the years, many victims' children have benefited from Camp Better Days's programs. Amy says she's watched them all grow up and even helped some become counselors to younger campers. "They have really become amazing people [that] I'm honored to know," she says. "They're very giving. ... To watch them be so caring and giving and so open about what they've gone through is an amazing experience."
Children who have spent summer days together at Camp Better Days say they feel like a family now. "There's this understanding," Brielle says. "There's a bond between us."