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Children with chronic pancreatitis will experience ER visits, days of missed school due to hospitalization, and constant pain. Pancreatitis is a rare disease and when diagnosed, most parents and children have never heard of it.

“Being diagnosed with pancreatitis at 8-years-old was difficult because I didn’t know any other kids who were going through what I was going through.” -Lauren Smakosz

The National Pancreas Foundation and Rebecca’s Wish created Camp Hope, so children and young people suffering from pancreatitis, or post-TPIAT, can experience all the joys of camp without limitations. Camp Hope is also a place where they can meet to bond/build friendships in a fun and safe setting that includes camp activities such as swimming, archery, canoeing, fishing, crafts, and more.

Our first in-person Camp Hope event will be held on July 8 – 13, 2022 at Flying Horse Farms in Gilead, Ohio. This is for campers who are 8 – 15 years old. Travel stipends are available for those who need financial assistance. 

Volunteer opportunities (medical volunteer, activity volunteer, camp counselor) are available and volunteers must be at least 19-years-old.  DEADLINE TO APPLY: MARCH 25, 2022!

To apply as a Camp Hope camper, please CLICK HERE

 To apply as a Camp Hope volunteer, please CLICK HERE. Volunteer FAQs CLICK HERE 

To see the Camp Hope flyer (English), please CLICK HERE

Versión en español, por favor haga CLIC AQUÍ

HELP SEND A CHILD TO CAMP HOPE! To donate, please CLICK HERE

Want to help, but sure how much to donate?
$1,500 sends a child to Camp Hope, covering travel expenses
$1,000 sends a child to Camp Hope
$500 provides travel expenses for a child to attend Camp Hope
$300 sends a volunteer to Camp Hope

Please know that every donation helps! 

 


Flying Horse Farms video: 10 years, 60 seconds of Camp

For questions, please email info@pancreasfoundation.org.