North Star Reach camp founder honored for helping kids

Doug Armstrong tours cabins at North Star Reach, a camp he founded for kids with serious medical issues, shortly before the camp opened, in this photograph taken June 15, 2016.(Photo: Gillis Benedict/Livingston Daily)
North Star Reach camp CEO Douglas Armstrong has been named "Entrepreneur of the Year" for the Michigan and Northwest Ohio region by accounting and professional services firm EY, formerly known as Ernst & Young, according to a news release.

Founding the nonprofit camp, which opened last summer near Pinckney, brought to fruition Armstrong's dream of helping kids with serious health challenges. He was previously a director of clinical research for the University of Michigan Health System’s Transplant Center.

North Star Reach is a camp for kids with chronic or life-threatening health issues such as organ transplants, blood disorders and heart conditions. The camp is in the SeriousFun Children's Network, which was founded by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, according to the release.

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