March 21, 2010
Contact: Melissa DelaCalzada
Kids With Heavy Hearts Have a Camp of Their Own
Registration for Camp Erin San Diego now open; Held June 11-13 for kids ages 6-17
(San Diego, California) – Many kids look forward to summer camp. But if you’re a child who’s recently experienced the death of a loved one, it’s hard to feel excited like everyone else about camp activities such as sports, crafts, games and songs.
Thanks to The Moyer Foundation, The Padres Foundation, and the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation, there is a special camp for these kids. It’s called Camp Erin San Diego. Hosted by The Center for Grief Care and Education at San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine, Camp Erin San Diego provides traditional outdoor activities and camp fun with grief education and emotional support for kids who have experienced the death of a loved one.
Camp Erin San Diego is a FREE weekend camp open to kids ages 6-17. It will be held June 11 through 13 at Camp Marston in Julian.
Nationally, Camp Erin was created and is funded in part by The Moyer Foundation, non-profit organization established by World Series champion pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife Karen. There are currently 36 camps located in 23 states, including one in Canada, helping children learn to grieve and heal. The camps are supported by more than 100 national advocates including Major League Baseball players and coaches, sports announcers and entertainment celebrities throughout the United States.
“Camp Erin provides a safe and fun environment for kids who have experienced a loss,” said Noreen Carrington, Director of the Center for Grief Care and Education. “We are pleased to be the San Diego sponsor for this national campaign in support of all kids grieving a loss.”
For information on how you can register for this camp, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.sdhospice.org and click on the “Camp Erin” button on the home page.
About San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine is one of the 10 largest community-owned, not-for-profit hospices in the country, bringing compassionate, expert medical care to more than 1,000 seriously ill adults and children each day throughout San Diego and North County. In addition, The Center for Grief Care and Education assists more than 12,000 individuals, experiencing grief and loss, with support, counseling and guidance each year. For more information, visit www.sdhospice.org or call toll-free 866-688-1600.
About The Moyer Foundation - Celebrating 2010: 10 years of helping children in distress
The Moyer Foundation – (a public, 501 c 3 organization) headquartered in Seattle, WA, was founded in 2000 by World Series champion, Major League All-Star pitcher, Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen. The Foundation’s mission is to provide comfort and support to children enduring a time of profound physical, emotional or financial distress. With the community’s support, The Moyer Foundation has raised over $19 million to assist hundreds of local programs that directly serve the needs of children in severe distress. In addition to community grants, The Moyer Foundation also created and funds Camp Erin, the largest bereavement camp in the country for grieving children and teens; Camp Mariposa, for children affected by addiction/substance abuse in their families; and community partnerships such as The Gregory Fund – for early cancer-detection research. The Moyer Foundation raises funds through many special events, corporate partners and individual donors. 100% of individual donations benefit children in distress. For more information and to get involved go to www.moyerfoundation.org