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,” said Lauren Smakosz, 16.
The National Pancreas Foundation and Rebecca’s Wish created Camp Hope, so children and young people suffering from pancreatitis, or post-TP/IAT, can experience all the joys of camp without limitations. Camp Hope will also provide parents/caregivers with some respite and children and young people with a place to meet/bond with other patients and will be a place about all the things children and young people want to and can do: swim, canoe, sing, build lifelong friendships and more. Plans for in-person week-long camps and family weekend retreats are planned for 2022 (more details to come).
Our first Camp Hope event will be on Saturday, October 16, 2021, from 12 PM – 4 PM EST. The NPF and Rebecca’s Wish have partnered with The Painted Turtle for a FREE virtual Camp at Home Family Day for children/youth with pancreatitis and their siblings! What does a virtual camp look like? Hours of fun! CLICK HERE to see! There will be cabin time, games, craft time, magic tricks, jokes, and a chance to meet other campers and their families with pancreatitis! Plus, each registered family will receive a kit filled with: camp t-shirts, camp crafts, Poppy the Plush, cookbook, model magic clay, popcorn, stickers, and more! Register now to get your kit in time for the event. We hope to see you there!
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