FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Executive Director, Communications and Public Relations
Traditional Camp Activities are Combined with Grief Education
San Diego, California – April 20, 2011 - For the past three years, local San Diego youth coping with loss have been able to find support and comfort at Camp Erin San Diego, a special weekend camp created and funded by The Moyer Foundation and hosted by The Center for Grief Care and Education at San Diego Hospice.
“Sometimes kids don’t know anyone else who has had a loss,” said Jacqui Small, a Camp Erin San Diego volunteer for the past two years. “The opportunity for campers at Camp Erin San Diego to interact with others who are experiencing similar types of loss and feelings is priceless.”
The annual weekend summer camp is open to children ages 6 to 17 who have been impacted by a death. The camp is free and combines traditional, high-energy, camp activities with grief support and education. This year’s Camp Erin San Diego will be held June 10-12 in Julian, CA.
“Camp Erin provides a safe and fun environment for kids who have experienced a loss,” said Noreen Carrington, Director of The Center for Grief Care and Education. “We are pleased to be the San Diego sponsor for this national campaign in support of all kids grieving a loss.”
Camp Erin San Diego is part of the largest national network of bereavement camps in the country established by The Moyer Foundation, non-profit organization founded by World Series champion and MLB All-Star Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen. The Foundation’s mission is to help children in distress.
Camp Erin San Diego is now accepting applications for campers and volunteers for the June 2011 camp. More information is available at sdhospice.org/camperin or by contacting Camp Coordinator Katie Maxfield at (619) 278-6371.
About San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine
San Diego Hospice and The Institute for Palliative Medicine is one of the largest community-owned, not-for-profit hospices in the country, bringing compassionate, expert medical care to more than 1,000 seriously ill adults and children each day throughout San Diego and North County. In addition, The Center for Grief Care and Education assists more than 12,000 individuals, experiencing grief and loss, with support, counseling and guidance each year. For more information, visit www.sdhospice.org or call toll-free 866-688-1600.
About The Moyer Foundation
Headquartered in Seattle, WA, this public, 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization was founded in 2000 by MLB, World Series-winning All-Star pitcher Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen. The Moyer Foundation supports programs that directly serve critical needs of children in severe distress. Since its inception, The Moyer Foundation has raised over $20 million to help support more than 225 different programs that help children in distress in a variety of ways. More information available: www.moyerfoundation.org.