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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, horse-back riding, ziplining, crafts, indoor basketball/tennis, photography and more.

Our second in-person Camp Hope event will be held on July 30- August 4, 2023 at Morgan’s Wonderland Camp in San Antonio, Texas! This is for campers who are 8 – 18 years old. Camp is free for campers and travel stipends are available for those who need financial assistance.

Volunteer opportunities (medical volunteer, activity volunteer, camp counselor) are available. Volunteers must be at least 19-years-old. Please fill out this form.

Full application to be available in January 2023. To be notified please fill out this interest form.


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! 


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