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Stories of Achievement

Matt Looks Forward to Each Day

“Matt is happy being a part of the River Rock program, and that means the world to us!” – Matt’s mother, Gail Matt is 36 years old and has been a part of the River Rock Adult Day Program at Camp Cheerful since 2018. He missed coming to Camp during the short time it was […] Read more

Jason’s Superpowers

Jason Butler lives life at full speed with enthusiasm and energy. As everyone who knows Jason can attest, his lively, outgoing personality and zest for life are contagious to those around him. At 31 years old, the most important things to Jason are his family and friends, his sports and activities, and being helpful. His […] Read more

Family, Fun, and Football

Achievement Centers’ board member, Jennifer Allanson, found all this and more when she answered the call for volunteers for our Adapted Football program. Jen signed up along with her husband Joe and their three daughters,  Lyndsey (age 13), Lauren (age 11), and Ashley (age 7). It was important to her to volunteer in order to […] Read more

Isaiah Scores with the Cleveland Browns and Achievement Centers for Children

Since 2011, the Achievement Centers for Children has partnered with the Cleveland Browns and the Cuyahoga Board of Developmental Disabilities so children and young adults with disabilities can “get in the game.” Each of our players and their families has their own unique story of how their son or daughter benefited from playing on the […] Read more


Seven-year-old Hrmena loved his first year as a day camper at the Achievement Centers Camp Cheerful this year. He was born with a genetic disorder, then diagnosed with autism recently. At Camp Cheerful, he can forget about any challenges he might have and just have fun in a safe, nurturing environment. His mother related, “Hrmena […] Read more

Rachel and Nick

Rachel loves horseback riding at Camp Cheerful! She started her lessons eleven years ago when she was 16 years old, and has been riding ever since. When Rachel first began, she needed to use the wheelchair lift to mount her horse. “When Rachel first started riding, she had no trunk control, and needed a side […] Read more


Ella's mother, Kari, shares a speech she made about Ella's experiences at Camp Cheerful. Read more

Shooting for the Stars

Isaiah Johnson was born with an abundance of motivation and attitude. At 12 years old, he is an aspiring Olympian in Wheelchair Basketball. He is an athlete whose focus is clear. Isaiah, born prematurely, and weighing only 2 lb. 8 oz. spent the first two months of his life in the NICU at Akron Children’s […] Read more


Camp Cheerful is like a second home to Jenna, who started attending day camp when she was only seven years old. As a child, she looked forward to day camp every summer. Now 22 years old, Jenna continues to enjoy all that camp has offered throughout the years. Today, her favorite activities are singing around […] Read more

Nature and Nurturing at Camp Cheerful

What would you look for in a day camp for your child? You might consider an outdoor environment where your child could run and play, swim, create arts and crafts, make new friends, try new activities with enthusiastic counselors, and return home at the end of the day with smiles and stories. If you have […] Read more

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