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Proceeds from the Care to Carry On 5k will benefit Camp Erin® Philadelphia:
Childhood grief is more common than most realize, and knowing how to talk to and guide a child who has experienced the death of someone close to them can be challenging. It is normal for adults to want to protect children from difficult experiences and information. Unaddressed grief, though, can cause youth to feel isolated and alone, both in their family and from other children. Children who are grieving are at greater risk than their peers for depression, suicide, poverty and substance abuse.
Grief is a natural and normal response to death and a lifelong process. It is made up of many different emotions, thoughts and behaviors. Through understanding, support, and opportunities to freely express thoughts and feelings, children and teens can develop healthy coping skills that enhance their lives. A child’s hope can be restored and they once again can imagine a life full of possibilities.
Camp Erin Philadelphia is a transformational weekend camp for children & teens ages 6-17, that combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support, free of charge for all families. Led by grief professionals and trained volunteers, camp provides a unique opportunity for youth to increase levels of hope, enhance self-esteem, and especially to learn that they are not alone.
Out of the many children in the greater Philadelphia area who are grieving the loss of a loved one, Camp Erin Philadelphia provides 100 campers each year with an opportunity to know that they are not alone in their grief.
The camp is free for all children to attend and proceeds will help fund:
Nurses and Security
Arts & Crafts
Meals & Snacks
Remembrance Services: Rituals and Luminary Ceremony
Camper Keepsakes: blankets, necklaces, teddy bears and camp bags
Sports & Games
Funding will also allow campers to:
Tell their story in a safe environment
Meet friends facing similar circumstances
Build a tool-box of coping skills
Process grief in healthy ways
Learn they are not alone
Honor and memorialize loved ones
For more information on children's bereavement services offered in the local Philadelphia area, please visit the David Bradley Children's Bereavement Program web site, part of Penn Wissahickon Hospice.
Hear it from the Campers & Parents:
Quotes from the Campers & Parents of the Philadelphia Camp.
“I used to think I didn’t belong, but after Camp Erin I feel important and I do belong, no matter who or what I am, I’m loved.” 11 Year Old Girl
“Camp Erin was an emotional roller-coaster. I went from feeling sad to being glad in five minutes. Most important, at Camp Erin I learned I did not have to hold back my emotions, listening to other peoples’ stories can and does help, and communication is key. Before camp, the only person I talked to was my sister. Now I feel like anyone can help.” -15 Year Old Boy
“Camp Erin Helped me because I learned I’m not alone and others are grieving too.” -9 Year Old Boy
“They let me express my feelings and tell me that I can cry”- 8 Year Old Girl
" Grief changes you, that’s a fact. But being surrounded by people who understand how you feel and being in a place where you feel safe, supported and loved can make all the difference in the world." -Parent of Two Campers whom attended Camp Erin Philadelphia
Why We Care to Carry On:
The Care to Carry On 5k was founded through a collaboration with the Care for the Cure Foundation in 2014. Inspired by Caroline Gallagher Cranston who lost her fight to AML Leukemia after 21 months, the Care for the Cure Foundation was founded to raise awareness and funds for blood cancer treatment. The Foundation has since expanded to support like-minded organizations. We understand that life-taking diseases like Leukemia not only affects the person battling it, but every other person in their life that cares about them as well. Both Erin and Caroline's compassion and concern for others who they left behind are why we Care to Carry on.