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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


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