Camp for cardiac kids, please read everyone!
mgjoyce at ix.netcom.com
Wed Jun 26 19:34:39 EST 1996
I am posting this to ask for support for Camp Del Corazon, a
summer camp for children with heart disease or a history of heart
disease. This program has been developed by the UCLA Division of
Pediatric Cardiology in association with Catalina Island Camps Inc.,
and is modeled after similar programs for children with heart disease
available on the east coast.
Camp Del Corazon is a residential summer camp designed for
children with heart disease. Because of complicated medicine schedules,
limited exercise capacity or risk of arrhythmia, many children who
suffer from heart ailments are unable to participate in ordinary
residential summer camps.
There are two equally important goals of this program; The first
is to allow children who require special attention because of a heart
ailment, to participate in a residential summer camp. The second goal
is to expose children with heart disease to peers with similar
experiences and concerns. We therefore consider any child with heart
disease or a history of heart disease eligible to participate in the
program whether or not they have any special needs.
The initial camp session took place over Labor Day weekend, Sept.
24, 1995, 49 children with heart disease were able to spend three days
kayaking, swimming, hiking and enjoying summer camp. For most of these
children it was the first time they had been able to attend a camp, and
for all of the campers it was their first experience with a group of
peers". The second session is also scheduled over Labor Day weekend,
but will be expanded to five days: August 29 - Sept. 2, 1996. The camp
is a fully accredited residential camp, located on Catalina Island, off
the coast of Southern California. Available activities include a
variety of field court and water sports as well as arts and crafts,
karaoke, hiking and nature activities. In addition to the usual camp
staff and instructors, physicians and nurses from UCLA will be present
to administer medications and provide medical care if needed.
The camp facilities and staff are going to be provided by
Catalina Island Camps Inc., leaving only the cost of transportation
meals and incidental administrative costs uncovered Because we would
like to make this program available to all children with heart disease,
free from financial burdens, we are asking for support from individuals
or companies involved in providing medical and from anyone else who may
be willing to contribute. Tax deductible contributions can be made and
a tax ID# and receipt will be provided by return mail. Thanks in
advance for your support, if you have any questions. Please feel free
to contact one of us at the phone numbers below or via email. Please
email or call only as i cannot check all of the newsgroups by myself!
Also, if you know anyone who fits the criteria and would like to
attend this camp, please contact any one of us.
Past counselor and adult congenital heart patient.
mgjoyce at ix.netcom.com
Lisa Endler RN.
Pediatric Electrophysiology Nurse, UCLA
Kevin M. Shannon M.D.
Assistant Professor. Pediatric Cardiology, UCLA
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