Short North resident volunteers at camp to change lives, but camp changed his own life

    Dougie Taylor said his experiences at Flying Horse Farms have changed his life. (Courtesy Dougie Taylor)

    Dougie Taylor expected to change the lives of children in his role as a camp counselor. He didn't expect his own life to change.

    Dougie moved to Columbus from Scotland to work for Abercrombie & Fitch.

    Each year, that company offers 100 associates a week of paid time-off to volunteer at a SeriousFun Children's Network camp.

    Dougie signed-up to be a counselor through the program, but after the session ended, he wanted to volunteer more.

    He signed up to help out at Flying Horse Farms, a camp for children with serious medical issues.

    "There aren't many people like Dougie," said Ryan Brownfield, Chief Program Officer for Flying Horse Farms. "We are fortunate enough to have some folks who are very passionate about our mission, and also are willing to give us so much of their time."

    His volunteer shift was only supposed to be for a few days, but it seems like Dougie never left.

    In all, he's spent more than two months at the camp since the Fall of 2015.

    "The most important part is that they are kids," he said. "They're kids who do face extreme challenges, but they are kids with great spirits."

    Dougie will be part of the A&F Challenge on September 8. The fundraiser is hoping to raise $3 million for camps like Flying Horse Farms.

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