Ken Corning

(Photo credit: Limitless Purpose)

A Columbia man's decades of work to help children have earned him the Limitless Impact Award.

Ken Corning, operations manager at Camp Cole, received the award from Limitless Purpose, a statewide nonprofit organization working to help all children reach their limitless potential regardless of any disability or disadvantage they may have.

Corning spent 25 years working as a genetic counselor with Greenwood Genetics, specifically working with children and their parents. He is now the operations manager at Camp Cole, a camp and retreat in the Midlands for children and adults with serious illness, disabilities and other challenges.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina Genetic Counseling Program, he stayed connected to the program throughout his career. He teamed up with the USC faculty to provide ways for students to creatively learn and build their skills in pediatric genetics.

During his career, Corning also created an opportunity for children with disabilities to play soccer. He coordinated everything from practices, scrimmages and games, and he celebrated with each player when they successfully blocked the ball or scored a goal.

“Ken had several unique gifts that made him special to his patients,” said Peggy Walker, a Limitless Purpose Board Member and a former colleague of Corning. “He remained totally dedicated to the children and families he served, taking every opportunity to keep parents informed and help them consider the future and what could be done in the best interests of their children.”

Corning is the second recipient of the Limitless Impact Award from Limitless Purpose, founded in 2019 and inspired by the story of Lila Mozingo and her family's efforts to have her taught in an inclusive learning environment. Because of their own struggle with the systems and services intended to serve their daughter, they wanted to do something to help other families.

“From the day we received Lila’s diagnosis of Down syndrome, all we heard were the limits she would face,” said Padgett Mozingo, Lila’s mom. “But we chose to believe Lila could be limitless if we loved, supported and challenged her. We know every child has a gift, a talent, something only they can contribute to their community and our world. But the adults around them must help each child discover and nurture their gift.”

Unfortunately, more children today face barriers to success than ever before, Mozingo says. A lack of resources and opportunities prevent them from being all they can be in life. In many situations, children with disabilities or special needs are held back by the very systems and services intended to help them.

“An incredible group of people have come together as volunteer board members to help determine ways Limitless Purpose can meet the needs of children,” Mozingo said. “Providing summer incentives, events and other opportunities are the first steps.”

Visit LimitlessPurpose.org or contact Padgett Mozingo at Contact@LimitlessPurpose.org for details.

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