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Cancer survivors spend day with horses at Oklahoma camp

O-State Equine Assisted Therapy provides all sorts of therapeutic equine programs for veterans, wounded active duty service members and their families and cancer patients free of charge.
BY STACEY ALLEN Modified: June 21, 2013 at 8:55 pm •  Published: June 21, 2013
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Nearly 40 cancer-surviving kids got to spend a sunny summer Thursday up close and personal with horses as a part of American Cancer Society's Camp Live a Dream.

The children, ranging in ages from nine to 17 years, joined Bobbie and Jeff Hartpence at their Answered Prayers Ranch in Guthrie.

Six-year camp veteran Brylea Lind is a counselor in training this year.

They found she had retina blastoma at 5 weeks old and, as a recent high school graduate, she was excited about receiving a new eye after outgrowing her first artificial eye.

“I live for camp,” she said.

The 20-acre ranch got its name because Jeff is a disabled veteran and a survivor of high stage III colon cancer. When rounds of chemo and doctor visits wrapped up for this couple, they had a new perspective on life. Walking away from a nice home in the city to have some land and horses where they could “give back” was a dream come true.

O-State Equine Assisted Therapy provides therapeutic equine programs for veterans, wounded active duty service members and their families and cancer patients completely free of charge. They rely solely on donations of individuals and companies to help fund the program and are awaiting 5013C approval designated it as a nonprofit organization.

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