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Pilot talks of MedCamps fundraiser

An impressive young pilot joined the Minden Lions Club for lunch Thursday as guest speaker.

Mason Andrews, an 18-year-old college junior at Louisiana Tech University, visited Minden to share his upcoming flight around the world. At 18 years and just over 3 months old, Andrews would set a new world record for the youngest solo circumnavigation of Earth and bring the distinguished title back to the USA.

Andrews, who is from Monroe, will attempt to set the record to raise funds for a worthy cause in MedCamps of Louisiana where he has served as a counselor the past two summers.

According to the MedCamps website, the camp was founded by Dr. Michael F. Zambie in 1987 as a one week camp for 13 children with severe asthma and allergies on the campus of Northeast Louisiana University. Since that time, they have grown steadily in numbers and have expanded programming. MedCamps offers camps for children with special needs of all ages, even some cognitively disabled adults, and campers have always attended free of charge thanks to their community, corporations, civic organizations and fundraising efforts. Andrews needs funding to make the journey, and has asked that anyone interested in learning more about his mission or donating to the cause visit www.medcampsmission.org.