On Viruses, Summer Camp, and the Virtue of Unselfishness

Most people will never save another person’s life in their life. Dr. Edward “Skip” Walton stopped counting a long time ago. He’s a pediatric emergency physician, university professor, lieutenant commander in the Navy Reserve, and the medical director at North Star Reach, a therapeutic camp that serves children with chronic illnesses. As if that weren’t enough, Skip was the waterfront director at Camp Belknap in the early 1980s, serving as my mentor before I ascended to that position and held on to it for nearly 30 years. In this interview, conducted while he was in post-exposure quarantine following several weeks of medical service with the Navy Reserve at the Javits Center in New York City, Skip talks candidly to families like yours about viruses, summer camp, and the virtue of unselfishness.

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